Compass Box The Peat Monster is one of my favorite releases by Compass Box. A few years ago we got to taste one of the original releases and that was the night I fell in love with this whisky, I can’t tell you how many bottle of this I’ve bought over the years (that’s a lie… 4) and it’s been consistently good. It was also that night it became my go-to dram at the bar when I wanted something peaty for two reasons.
Reason #1: Since it’s not a massively-in-demand whisky and carries the blended term, most places carry it for cheap. I’ve had it for as little as $7 a pour at bars.
Reason #2: It’s just plain good. Compass Box The Peat Monster is straightforward and powerful in its delivery while retaining an elegance that’s just plain pleasant.
Whiskey Review: Compass Box The Peat Monster
In Compass Box’s Words: Compass Box The Peat Monster
“You will find a spectrum of seaside and medicinal peatiness, along with kipper-like smokiness, all surrounding a core of fruity malt whisky character. THE PEAT MONSTER is a whisky for those who love intensity, flavour and freshness, balance and drinkability. A whisky for those who appreciate the blending of seemingly dissonant elements to create something sublime.”
Compass Box The Peat Monster price, ABV, age and other details
Blender: Compass Box
Blend: 40% Laphroaig, 20% Ledaig, 13% Caol Ila, 26% Ardmore, 1% “Highland Malt” (60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine, 20% Teaninich)
Cask: Refill Hogshead, French Oak (Burgundy toast)
Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Compass Box The Peat Monster Tasting Notes
Smoke, honey, fruit, butter, malt, cinnamon oil, plastic and vanilla with a bit of saline.
Honey, fruit, smoke, butter, graham, cinnamon oil, plastic, vanilla and a bit of cakey sweetness.
Long -> Smoke, honey, butter, cinnamon and fruit.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Well balanced, medium body and a light oily feel.
Compass Box The Peat Monster Review – OVERALL
Compass Box The Peat Monster is a good buttery whisky. The charred plastic Laphroaig character comes through heavily and gets balanced out with elegant notes of honey sweetness, smoke and spice. The aroma is dominated with the fruity sweetness paired with the smoke and the palate comes together in a way that’s like apples drizzled with smoked honey. Though my favorite aspect has always been its crispness.
I’ve always enjoyed this whisky and I’m glad I finally got the chance to sit down and do a proper review of it. I have a great, albeit hazy, memory of me and a buddy finding a bar that had glasses of this for $7 a pour and there was a bit less than 3/4 of the bottle left when we walked in; it was empty when we walked out.
We spent the night working our way through the bottle and catching up on life. To finish it off us and the bartender split the final 2 pours 3 ways. I don’t remember the toast exactly, but I remember it had to do with friends and I’ve associated Compass Box The Peat Monster with friends and friendship ever since.
SCORE: 87/100 (B+)
Compass Box The Peat Monster Review
- Nose - 87
- Palate - 88
- Finish - 87
- Balance, Body & Feel - 87
Compass Box The Peat Monster is a good, clean, tasty, aromatic, crisp whisky that’s incredibly easy to enjoy.