John Glaser and Compass Box have been pushing the bounds of scotch since the beginning, often winning awards and angering conglomerates along the way. One of their long staples (Signature Range) has been the Peat Monster. This monster is, despite the name, not built to overwhelm with peat or smoke. Rather, the stated purpose is to take those Islay elements and enrich them with fruits and malt. In other words, to create something that is far more than a two-dimensional scotch. There is also a 2013 release of a 10th anniversary edition of the Peat Monster we hope to try in the future.
The Laphroaig 15 year first appeared three decades ago before being replaced by its slightly older sibling, the 18 year, in 2009. This anniversary edition carries on the proud tradition in celebration of the distillery’s 200th year, even if the supply is somewhat limited. In 2000, the 15 year was chosen for the Erskine Charity Bottling, when 270 bottles were drawn from a single cask signed by Charles, the Prince of Wales and is reported to be his scotch of choice. This offering is specifically geared toward offering a milder character, at least mild compared to more regular Laphroaig malts.
Guest post! We are debuting a collaboration review with our very first guest blogger, Shane Kinloch, focusing on the Compass Box Peat Monster. We’re not sure if guest blogging will become any kind of thing, but it was a fun idea and we were glad to try it out. Thanks Shane! Shane’s blog, WhiskyDad, is full of whisky news, reviews, and meditations about the larger panorama of life from Australia/Tasmania. We heartily recommend you check the rest of his blog out. Incidentally, you can find our own views on the same malt there, or check them out closer to home here. Now, without further delay, let’s get to the scotch!