Compass Box Company released the peatiest whisky of its lineup. Compass Box No Name is available in UK and Europe as of October 1st and will be available in the US MArket starting from 1st November.
As a common practice with Compass Box Whisky Co. label provides tons of information and insight about the spirit;
“For this, our peatiest Whisky yet, We have decided on ‘No Name’. We’ll let the Whisky speak for itself.
We recently acquired a parcel of casks mature, heavy-peated single malt whisky from a distillery located along Pier Road, in the Southeast of the island of Islay. This was a parcel of American oak barrels filled with massively peaty malt whisky – tarry and full of bonfire-like smokiness. To us, this was whisky crying out to be tamed and shaped into a very special Compass Box limited Edition.
If you are familiar with our whisky called ‘Peat Monster’, you will find this limited edition whisky even peatier. It is massive in terms of intensity and complexity of flavor, a whisky brimming with multifaceted peatiness, yet tempered with hints of fruit character and an underlying sweetness. For a whisky such as this, we felt No Name was needed to adorn this label.”
The distillery also provided the recipe for the expression. So according to this;
- 75.5% of the spirit is from malt whisky produced at Pier Road Islay (Ardbeg) which comes in Re-Charred American Standard Barrels. These barrels add Intense smoke, peaty and tarry characteristics.
- 10.6% is from Refill American Standard Barrels coming from a distillery near the village of Port Askaig (Caol Ila) which provides light smoke and medicinal aromas.
- 13.4% is Re-Charred Hogsheads from the village of Brora (Clynelish). These bring out waxy, fruity and ethereal flavors.
- 0.5% is a Highland Malt Blend matured in heavy toast French oak hybrid casks with caramel and clove-spice touch.
Compass Box defines the flavor descriptors as;
” A bonfire like smokiness on the nose with a peatiness that is by turns tarry and medicinal with hints of autumn leaves. A powerful smokiness and peatiness follow, accented by hints of ripe cherries, plums and spice.”
They also recommend it with a splash of water or with an ice cube, to reveal the layers of massive complexity.
Compass Box No Name is limited to 15.000 bottles. It comes bottled at 48.9% ABV. It is a non-chilled filtered product and does not include any coloring additives. It is priced at £100.