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Flaming Heart Limited Edition 10th Anniversary


29th November 2010

Compass Box Flaming Heart Limited Edition 10th Anniversary Bottling.

Compass Box Flaming Heart 10th Anniversary BottlingFlaming Heart is back. To celebrate the Compass Box 10th Anniversary, Flaming Heart returns in its third limited edition, with a new label illustrated by Alex Machin. Flaming Heart combines Highland, Islay and Island single malts, aged in a combination of American and French oak casks, to create a smoky sweet flavour profile like no other Scottish malt whisky.

This is a whisky inspired by a rock song. Appropriate, perhaps, as rock music has long been associated with rebellion against various societal norms. And Compass Box has been associated, for better or for worse, with a reaction against the industrial "traditions" of Scotch whisky production.

Compass Box like to think of their approach as reflecting a craft ethos--making whisky better for the sake of it. Flaming Heart is an ideal example of this approach.

It is a whisky that combines superior, new French oak-matured Highland single malt whiskies with all their fruitiness, richness, spice-like character and sweetness with heavy-peated Islay single malts. The combination yields a complex flavour profile like no other Scotch malt whisky: big, bold, rich, sweet, smoky. In the melodramatic parlance of a rock lyric, it is a whisky born of fire, yet one with a big heart.

The Flaming Heart is a one-off, limited release of 4,186 bottles bottled to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Compass Box and was bottled in September 2010.

The whisky contains single malt whiskies from seven distilleries located in the northern Highlands and Islands. Primarily whiskies from Clynelish (Highlands), Caol Ila (Islay)and the Isle of Mull (Islands).

Bottled at 48.9% ABV. Not chill filtered and natural colour as you would expect from Compass Box.
 

 Tasting Notes


Producer's Tasting Notes:

A complex and smoky malt whisky with a rich, sweet, spice-laden fruitiness and long, lingering finish.

Tasting Notes by William Morrison:

Nose: It seems to have everything, just so much going on here - smoky, nutty, fruity, spicy.

Taste: Vanilla, rich sweet ripe fruit merging with cinnamon, pepper, cloves and a delicious serving of peat at its heart.

Finish: A long delicate finish of oak, red apples and peat.

Comment: This shows just how special whisky from Compass Box can be. A complex blend of so many different characters coming to together to give you a perfectly balanced whisky. This is one of those whiskies you will remember.


You will find the full range of Compass Box whisky including this limited edition Flaming Heart 10th Anniversary edition available from The Whisky Exchange while stocks last.
 

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