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.
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.
Externally well balanced. Compass Box with another lovely blend.
Best out of the taster. Nothing exceptional at first but add water and it becomes a wonderful sipping drink.
Not a fan, dry, but was the best out of my sampler
One of the most intriguing flavour combinations I have ever experienced.
Definitely a peat monster, but there’s a warm sweetness and the flavor lingers long after the dram is in your stomach. Very nice.
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
Good balance of peat and smoke, but especially loved the lingering oiliness and subtle banana on the nose. A lovely blend.
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....
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.
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.
Smoky and peaty start with a bland finish
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our really, really go. when we make our Scotch Old Fashions!
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.
No nose, but a very smooth, smokey and peaty palate. Very easy drinking.
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.
Smoky and peaty all the way through, little sweetness. A good drink.
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...
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!
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
So so so good...you gotta work up to it though
Makes the BEST Old Fshions in history!
Don’t like peat
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.
Delicious! So much smoke. Exciting to drink! One of my favorites.
Big campfire smell, clear light straw color which is surprising given the big aroma. Salty taste with a lingering sweet smoke. Good stuff!
The name says it all
I did not particularly care for this blend and I do enjoy a peaty whisky
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.
Peaty peatness with a smooth aroma and finish.
Love it if you can find it
love it, its what ive been looking for since i came back from Scotland
So ooooooo Smokey. Just delicious
On par with Laphroaig but lower alcohol concentration lets the flavors ring.
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
Nice and peaty. But not too much.
Tried this every way and just don't like it. Will store the bottle and try it again in the future.