The final one in this run of Compass Box reviews is the Peat Monster. This is made of single malts from the Isle of Mull, Islay and a peated speyside. There is only one distillery on the Isle of Mull at the moment and that is Tobermory who produce Ledaig which is one of my favourite peated single malts. The name Peat Monster sounds quite intimidating, especially to those that are not fans of peated whiskies or a bit tentative when it comes to picking peated whiskies like me. This is mostly matured in refill american oak cask and a very small percentage in new french oak casks.
Whisky: Peat Monster Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%
Nose: Lavender, TCP, sweet BBQ sauce, floral, heather, custard, sugared doughnuts, sea salt, smoke
Taste: Lemon custard tart, creme brulee, salted caramel, vanilla, sweet BBQ sauce, smoke
Finish: Lemon tea, barley sugar, sea salt, bacon
Summary: This is very complex and not the Monster you will be led to believe. You’re taken from sweet to savoury and back again. The peat doesn’t dominate but compliments and the floral notes come through to grab enough attention. It is easy for peated blends to be dominated by peat. However I found that this blend is perfectly balanced to suit my tastes – which is not heavy on the peat and more of the coastal and delicate sweetness. This only needs a little amount of water although I would imagine fans of peated whiskies will not need it. I can see a lot of Ledaig 10 in this and I would happily pick this if I am ever unable to get hold of the Ledaig 10.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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