Compass Box 'Flaming Heart' Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (2022, 7th Edition)
Flaming Heart is the seventh edition of Compass Box’s critically acclaimed blended malt whisky. This exclusive release is a true masterpiece, expertly crafted by a lead whisky maker James Saxon. Flaming Heart is an elegant medley of heavily peated malts sourced from the esteemed Laphroaig, Caol Ila, and Talisker distilleries, aged in perfectly toasted virgin French oak casks, playing out in a bold and complex bouquet with an unparalleled spicy richness. This year's edition of Flaming Heart has been elevated to new heights with the introduction of a subtle yet profound fruitiness, adding further depth and nuance to the already potent mix of smoldering peat embers, crystallized ginger, and old cigar boxes. Bottled at 48.9% ABV and not chill-filtered, this delicious whisky is meant to be savored and appreciated with a specifically curated playlist titled "Flaming Heart. Play Loud.”
There are some people in the spirits business who are cut from a different cloth, Compass Box's founder and master blender John Glaser is one of those folks. After many years in the wine trade, he entered the Scotch whisky business with Johnnie Walker, where he honed his palate and helped develop the renowned Green and Gold labels. Somewhat frustrated with the limitations of the corporate world, he felt compelled to follow his passion for making great blends. He started Compass Box to, as he states, "nurture the roots of tradition in order to grow the possibilities." An artist, visionary and one hell of a whisky "blendologist," he has successfully conjured up some of the biggest, baddest and sexiest drams we've tasted.