Compass Box launches Peat Monster Cask Strength: Origin Story

Compass Box Celebrates the origins of its smoky blended malt with a 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Release
Compass Box has announced the release of The Peat Monster Cask Strength: Origin Story, a limited edition blended malt that celebrates the origin story of The Peat Monster.

The Peat Monster was first created by the combined forces of Jonathan Goldstein of Park Avenue Liquors and John Glaser, founder of Compass Box, for an exclusive release back in 2003.

The Peat Monster widely released to the US market in 2004 and became one of Compass Box’s most beloved expressions, a favourite for anyone with a passion for smoky flavours.

The latest blend is comprised of Williamson Islay Malt, aged in refill American oak hogsheads (35%); malt whisky from Caol Ila distillery, aged in refill American oak hogsheads (34.2%); American oak bourbon barrels (17.9%) and refill puncheons (11.8%); and Highland Malt Blend aged in custom French oak barrels with a heavy toast (1.1%).

Another homage to the origin story of The Peat Monster appears on the label, designed by American artist Mark Burckhardt. It features depictions of the monster against skyscrapers, subway steam grates and a nod to Central Park. The exclusive US-only label includes addiotional New York City elements, including a yellow cab and an copy of one of the city’s best known newspapers.

Speaking on the release, Glaser commented: “It's always been our mission at Compass Box to create compelling whiskies, even if it means breaking moulds – or creating new ones! Thanks to the early collaboration with Jonathan, we created a quintessential peated whisky that has gone on to become one of our core expressions, still beloved by whisky drinkers two decades later. As we celebrate the origin story of The Peat Monster with this Cask Strength Limited Edition, it’s also worth noting and celebrating how the American palate has evolved over this period and come to embrace the traditional peaty and smoky flavours of Scotch whiskies like The Peat Monster.”

Bottled at 56.7% ABV, the producers have described the expression as having notes of tarry, smoked almond, vanilla and seaweed on the palate. 9,126 bottles will be made available worldwide, at an SRP of $125. For more information, visit the Compass Box website.