Compass Box The Peat Monster

Compass Box The Peat Monster

(0.75l, 46%)


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$64.99
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Nice kind of monster. 

In 2000 John Glaser started the Compass Box Whisky Company, a firm dedicated to blending boutique Scotch Whiskies. Their commitment is to make Scotch Whisky more approachable and relevant to more people. 

The Peat Monster combines smoky malt Whiskies from Islay with medium-peated Highland Whiskies. It is a secret which Whiskies the Peated Monster is a blend of though - we can only guess, and guess you shall - with your taste buds. The Peat Monster is matured in first refill casks from the Caol Ila and Ardmore distilleries. Peat Monster's PPM Value (Phenol Parts per Million) is approximately 30, which isn’t such a monstrosity as the name might suggest. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Scotland
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Compass Box

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smoky
peaty
phenols
oily
hay
banana
sweet
vegetal
toasted
What does Compass Box The Peat Monster taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Pale straw. 

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Medium vegetal peatiness, slight bacon aroma with dry hay and a hint of banana and cardamom. Added water brings out the fruitier elements.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Loads of peat smoke, heat and toasted sesame oil. A slight fruity malt character underneath the smoke.

Finish
Long bittersweet finish, ash and liquid smoke feel as your mouth dries - whilst retaining pears and some iodine.

Comment 
Add a dash of water. Excellent with blue cheese. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Scott
Scott,
A LOUD intro of peat for beginners (raises hand). Loved it nonetheless.
 
Justin
Justin,
Smooth & Smokey
 
Phil
Phil,
Good amount of smoke and still very smooth, nothing too sharp about it. Definitely better Islay whiskies out there but this one is worthy of a spot on your shelf for those times you want some smoke, but not be overwhelmed by it.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Peat, smoke, smooth. I’ll me of my favorite Compass Box pours.
 
Gerry
Gerry,
Smooth...very smooth
 
Scott
Scott,
Good smokiness that lingers. Not much on the nose, but the flavor is good and the burn is minimal. Slight sweetness comes through in time.
 
John
John,
Love it's smooth smoke taste and smell. makes a PERFECT Old Fashion!
 
Jake
Jake,
Somewhat bland compared to single malt islay. It’s one note peat, but maybe that’s the point...
 
Randall
Randall,
I love this stuff! It's got just enough smoke/peat to make you know it, but I'm not left gasping for air after every sip. It reminds me of Lagavulin 16, without the meatiness.
 
Michael
Michael,
A nice touch of sweetness is there beneath a BIG peaty blanket.
 
Richard
Richard,
Smooth with some sweetness upfront followed by earthy flavor and smoke. Not too complex.
 
Solomon
Solomon,
It tries to be a lot of things but ends up...just...average.
 
Gary
Gary,
I was worried this would be too peaty by the name but was impressed by how balanced and smooth it was
 
Graham
Graham,
Wild. Definitely silky feel on the tongue. Putting this on the buy list. .
 
Kevin
Kevin,
This one made me make a funny sound. It was like chewing on a band-aid, and I like that for some reason.
 
Brian
Brian,
Solid whisky with all the peat smoke character you could want. Have had many bottles of this over the years and it never lets you down.
 
guest
guest,
Very light and easy to drink. More subtle smoky flavor
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Neat brought out notes of peat, cinnamon sugar cookies, candied orange, and a touch of iodine in the nose. Flavor was bigger peat and just a tad of a grassy/earthy quality plus a light charred savory note. Not great. A couple drops of water brought out some nice seaside air in the nose but added a vegetal note that really turned me off. Flavor turned to dominant peat but not in a complex way. Not very flavorful overall. Liked it a little better neat but this is one that I'll likely never have again.
 
Craig
Craig,
Too much burn for 46%. Flavor blend was subtle and overwhelmed by the burn. No distinctive peak or smoke, very subtle. Third of three on my list bit still Bettet than many.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
A little mild and sweet for my taste. A weak nose with a little bit of banana. Oily on the tongue. A couple drops of water really open it up - would recommend for enjoying this.
 
guest
guest,
I like the smoky Islay scotches the best, however I did not find this as enjoyable as most. Nose was more interesting than the taste. Got smoke and peat as you would expect, but also some musty hay. It was a little sharp on the palate with iodine coming through the most. Adding water didn’t bring out much else. Not as well rounded as Lagavulin 16 or Ardbeg.
 
Debra
Debra,
I liked this the best out of the Peat It samples.
 
Sean
Sean,
It is a Peat Heavy expression but still has enough other notes to make it interesting.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
I liked the peat-iness. The drink seemed a little "thin" and the aftertaste was a little sharp.
 
Jay
Jay,
I’m enjoying my Peat samples!!
 
Derrell
Derrell,
solid islay scotch. nothing complex or over peated. this would be a good intro into peated islay's for those that have never had anything peated before.
 
Nate
Nate,
I did not enjoy this much...I'm not a fan of blends. The peat overwhelmed, and did not leave a pleasant aftertaste
 
Marcum
Marcum,
Minimal hints of peat, some citrus flavoring towards the end.
 
Laura
Laura,
Balanced flavor, smoke on the front and citrus on the back
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
Very good! If you like peat and smoke you will enjoy Peat Monster. Leather vanilla notes. A background sweetness. Velvet mouthfeel. Would buy again.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
loved the aroma. peat and hay. very good taste. one of the better scotch whiskies
 
Tim
Tim,
Heaven, peat, hint of sweet dried bananas, toasted smoke medium
 
Ben
Ben,
Very enjoyable peaty whiskey
 
Ray
Ray,
Very interesting blend, no sweetness at all, overwhelming smoke up front gives way to a toasted palate and a thatch-y finish.
 
Angel
Angel,
Wonderful peat blend. Medicinal iodine rubber. All the notes you would expect from Islay crammed into a bottle.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I didn't taste a whole of anything but smoke in this scotch. Even the peat seemed a little subtle compared to the over smoked feel of this whisky and I didn't really detect anything underneath to round out the flavor. It tasted a little underaged, if anything.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Holds it ground against the "big peats" ...
 
David
David,
Not bad, feel like it doesn’t have as much character being a blend. That being said, Lagavulin and Ardbeg are where I spend most of my time so this may appeal to many.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Very good peaty scotch. No hint of sweetness.
 
Eric
Eric,
Very peaty and smokey..
 
Michael
Michael,
Tried in taster, best of three in tasting set, liked best by both tasters, very PEAT, good smoke and caramel depth. Quality above price.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
I like the smoke, but it was pretty bitter and chemical tasting.
 
guest
guest,
Very smoky, good to drink with BBQ. Nose is sharpie.
 
Ben
Ben,
None of the deep flavor I would expect from scotch whiskey - more chemical flavor. Feels like the scotch equivalent of an IPA trying to have the MOST HOPS, but forgetting to brew a good beer
 
Liam
Liam,
Nice and smooth. Good peat taste with a great finish
 
Paulo
Paulo,
As a blended malt this is very good, brings a different dimension to peaty whiskies with some of the Speyside or Highland character. It has luscious fruit, vanillas and honey mixed with that sweet peat. That said, the first thing that hits me on the nose is young Caol Ila and I'm not a huge fan of that.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Externally well balanced. Compass Box with another lovely blend.
 
Pierre
Pierre,
Best out of the taster. Nothing exceptional at first but add water and it becomes a wonderful sipping drink.
 
Jason
Jason,
Not a fan, dry, but was the best out of my sampler
 
Santiago
Santiago,
One of the most intriguing flavour combinations I have ever experienced.
 
Isak
Isak,
Definitely a peat monster, but there’s a warm sweetness and the flavor lingers long after the dram is in your stomach. Very nice.
 
Paul
Paul,
On the nose- Bon fire, Flowering Meadow, Tar, Sweet Peat, Pine, Citrus fruits, Driftwood, seabreeze, Clean and crisp Palate- Complex, smoked meats, Ashy, Lightly charred oak, Apples and berries,sweet peat, And a touch of citrus peel, Conclusion- This is a party in your mouth, very nice long finish With a great value
 
Jelani
Jelani,
Good balance of peat and smoke, but especially loved the lingering oiliness and subtle banana on the nose. A lovely blend.
 
Hersh
Hersh,
One of the best sips that I have had in a while. The taste lingers on the tastebuds for just the right amount of time, the taste is clean and playful. I'll have another, please....
 
Paul
Paul,
For a blended, this was better than i expected. Nose is slightly smokey and peaty, but the taste is salty with a salty after taste. The tasting notes say it would pair well with blue cheese--- that sounds right.
 
Robb
Robb,
Given the name I was expecting more peat than meets the palate. Smokiness takes the lead, followed by peat, then overwhelmed by the High ABV that really comes through. A good sipping scotch under the right circumstance but I would personally lean in other directions.
 
William
William,
Smoky and peaty start with a bland finish
 
Andrew
Andrew,
A good smoky base but a bit too much of the higher abv shoots through and blows up the whole affair. It is good, but other peated scotches are better.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding; intense, Blended Malt Scotch Whisky with a bold birth; while a fruity life leads to a long & bittersweet death with notes of dry smoke, pear & iodine.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Not sure why they call it a "peat monster", its pretty light on the peat compared to Laphroig or Ardbeg. but I think this is a really smooth good scotch with nice peat tones.
 
Justin
Justin,
Ironic given the name, but the peat notes for this bottle are rather weak compared to other well-known Islays on the market. I assume you're coming to this scotch looking for peat, so I suggest you continue your search.
 
John
John,
Our really, really go. when we make our Scotch Old Fashions!
 
Christopher
Christopher,
For something called the Peat Monster, it was surprisingly understated. That doesn’t make it a bad Scotch - it had a nice mellow flavor - I was just expecting a bit more peat.
 
Joe
Joe,
No nose, but a very smooth, smokey and peaty palate. Very easy drinking.
 
Dan
Dan,
Nice and peaty on the pallet. Weird thing, there’s no nose at all. You don’t smell anything until it punches your mouth. Smelling should be part of the experience.
 
Ray
Ray,
Smoky and peaty all the way through, little sweetness. A good drink.
 
Alex
Alex,
Not blown away like I was by this whisky’s sister creation, the Compass Box, but it’s not bad. The peaty flavor and smokiness is all three, yet the whisky goes down quite smoothly. That being said, it’s a bit sweet, and more so than I’d expected. Give it a try though, you never know...
 
Sophian
Sophian,
As a peathead, this is my go-to for peats/smokes. Ridiculously good value with moderate sweet peat that is easily drinkable neat. On occasion I would add an ice cube, but not more than 1 piece. Can't recommend this enough!
 
guest
guest,
I love anything peaty. This one hits you in the face and keeps on punching for a bit. Very good, but a little sweet for me. Also tried this after two beers and three pieces of pizza, so take it with a grain of salt
 
Michael
Michael,
So so so good...you gotta work up to it though
 
John
John,
Makes the BEST Old Fshions in history!
 
Adam
Adam,
Don’t like peat
 
Derek
Derek,
Huge amounts of peat and smoke. The name is not just a gimmick. Not sure if itnis worth the price, but definitely a nice addition to the collection.
 
Blake
Blake,
Delicious! So much smoke. Exciting to drink! One of my favorites.
 
Aniss
Aniss,
Big campfire smell, clear light straw color which is surprising given the big aroma. Salty taste with a lingering sweet smoke. Good stuff!
 
Justin
Justin,
The name says it all
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
I did not particularly care for this blend and I do enjoy a peaty whisky
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Surprisingly sweet, so much so that it was off-putting at first. As I got used to it, I loved it. Laphroaig is perfectly complimented with Ardmore's funk. Nice salinity, delicious wood subtly as always from Compass Box. Perhaps the most sophisticated peated whiskey I have ever had.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Peaty peatness with a smooth aroma and finish.
 
guest
guest,
Love it if you can find it
 
Sara
Sara,
love it, its what ive been looking for since i came back from Scotland
 
Lisa
Lisa,
So ooooooo Smokey. Just delicious
 
Josh
Josh,
On par with Laphroaig but lower alcohol concentration lets the flavors ring.
 
Raoul
Raoul,
Very peaty, but a bit one dimensional as compared to hedonism. After hedonism I expected a bit more but it was just smoke, peat, leather and tar, not really the ethereal complexity of the hedonism bottling
 
guest
guest,
Nice and peaty. But not too much.
 
Dave
Dave,
Tried this every way and just don't like it. Will store the bottle and try it again in the future.
 
Eric
Eric,
Everything I'm looking for.. smoky and smooth
 
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