The latest limited-edition of Compass Box’s standout, Flaming Heart, is a cavalcade of flavor with a base firmly planted in sweet, Islay smoke. Hints of burnt orange, malt, dried figs, clove, and the embers of a campfire all rise to the fore at some point as each sip gets increasingly complex. This is a whisky that can be enjoyed neat or, for the daring, in a smoky version of the classic “Blood and Sand” cocktail.
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.