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Peat Monster Tenth Anniversary Limited Release


22nd October 2013
Compass Box release anniversary edition to mark 10 years of Peat Monster.

10 years ago since those innovative folks at Compass Box created Compass Box Peat Monster for us. It was originally a bespoke blend of peaty single malts – named simply ‘Monster’ and it was created for the owners of the Park Avenue Liquor Shop in New York. Luckily for us it was so well received that Compass Box appended ‘The Peat’ to the front of the name and decided to share the idea with the rest of the world.

To celebrate this 10 year milestone Compass Box have released a special limited edition of The Peat Monster, which is now available.

They’ve created a unique recipe for The Peat Monster Tenth Anniversary Limited Release.

Its smoky, peated character is still shaped by a combination of Islay, Island and Highland single malts. However, some older casks of peaty Highland single malt bring extra richness, while the addition of one of their rarest archive whiskies adds finesse, complexity and class.

To balance the extra flavour and intensity, they have bottled this limited edition at a slightly higher 48.9% ABV. The bespoke label was created for us by famous US artist and whisky lover Mark Burckhardt and only 5,970 bottles were produced.

As usual Compass Box do not disclose the source of the whisky in this peaty blended malt but they do give us a clue which will help the knowledgeable whisky drinkers amongst you identify what is in it. It contains Islay single malts distilled on the south shore of the island and in the village of Port Askaig these are balanced with a rich, smoky Highland single malt and a fruity oily malt from the village of Brora.

Primarily a mix of first-fill and refill American oak, plus approximately 2% new French oak for finishing. It was Bottled at 48.9% ABV and as we have come to expect from Compass Box it is not chill filtered and natural colour.

Available from specialist whisky retailers now priced around £83.
 

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