Compass Box

Flaming Heart

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

ABV 48.9%
REVIEWED Issue 133
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Brand: Flaming Heart, Compass Box
Expression: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 48.9%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Pungent, burnt wood, iodine, salt and peat with an underlying depth of malt and fragrant barley. It takes some time to settle down and allow some oak notes to appear.
Palate: The peat is subtler and wistful, which allows the barley, oak and subtle stony notes to come through. The peat becomes sweeter, with Parma Violets and salt on the middle.
Finish: Long, violet with hints of burnt driftwood, tarry-peat, iodine and salt. Coastal aftertaste.
Comment: As a whisky it’s very enjoyable; however as a blend I feel the peated component is too dominant.
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: A summer beach barbecue, with pulled pork, drying sand and a slightly odd ale note. The smoke is right at the front, with some nice leather notes underneath.
Palate: Huge smoke. Really big. With water some lighter notes of vanilla and white flowers appear, but always shrouded by smoke. It’s nice but a little too much at times.
Finish: A monster of more smoke.
Comment: I like the front footedness of the smoke in this whisky, and water does open it, but it isn’t for the fainthearted.
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