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Brooding, indulgent and older than ever before, this is a whisky born of oak, smoke and fire – with a big heart all of its own.Compass BoxClick to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.
Flaming Heart Scotch Whisky: Fifteenth Anniversary Limited Edition
- DISTILLER: Compass Box Whisky Co.
- MASH BILL: 27.1% 30 year old Caol Ila | 24.3% 20 year old Clynelish | 38.5% 14 year old Caol Ila | 10.3% mix of Clynelish, Teaninich and Dailuaine
- AGE: NAS – No Age Statement
- YEAR: July 2015
- PROOF: 97.8 (48.9% ABV)
- MSRP: $99.99
- BUY ONLINE: Discontinued but still available at Binnys.com and other major liquor retailers.
TASTE: Sweet fruits, orchard and berries, light peat with hints of a smoky campfire. A wonderful full oily mouth feel.
FINISH: Intense long lasting burn. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
SHARE WITH: Aficionados of complex layered drams would appreciate this pour, especially Caol Ila fans. Not a whisky to introduce to new or inexperienced scotch drinkers.
WORTH THE PRICE: Definitely!
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Buy a bottle before it’s gone for good, in fact buy two bottles, one to drink now and one to save and savor when all 12,000 plus bottles are history.
OVERALL: Extremely well balanced whisky. No need to add any water, in fact the few drops I added basically destroyed the flavor profile. Keep it neat and you won’t be disappointed. There was more wood and smoke on the nose than in the mouth, which was a very slight disappointment to me, but if you are familiar with and enjoy the Caol Ila flavor profile, this is the bottle for you. This is a scotch to enjoy comfortably ensconced in an overstuffed, worn leather chair before a warm fire. Compass Box has always been a favorite distillery of mine and I thoroughly enjoyed this pour. This is a remarkable whisky that is already disappearing from the shelves, so don’t wait too long before picking up a bottle. Kudus to Compass Box for complete transparency with its recipe details.