Review #33 – Compass Box’s Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Edition

Review #33 | /r/Scotch Review #12 – Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary

The Schtick: This expression is the Flaming Heart 15th Edition which is a blend of some pretty impressive whiskeys clocking in at a total 48.9% ABV:

  • 27.1% 30yr Caol Ila from American Oak Hogshead Ex-bourbon casks.

  • 24.1% 20yr Clynelish from “Rejuvenated” casks. I guess this are old ex-bourbon barrels they scrape up and re-char.

  • 10.3% 7 Year blend of Highland Malts in oak barrels with French oak heads. This is a blend of Clynelish, Teaninich and dailuaine malts. Oooooh a blend within a blend.

  • 38.5 14 Year caol Ila from ex-bourbon casks

Distiller: Various

Bottler: Compass Box

ABV: 48.9% ABV

Age: N/A (Blend of Ages, so NAS)

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Sample

Review #33 – Compass Box’s Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Edition

Nose: There’s some smoke with light light peat, followed by what seems to be pear and apple notes with some fruity vanilla. There’s a light honey sweetness as well. I like the blend of smoke and sweet and quite frankly it’s delicious. Good balance of both.

Taste: There’s more vanilla on the tast ebuds than the nose but there’s also more smoke. A little less fruit and a little less honey but the vanilla and smoke marry very well. I’m impressed for a blend, but this is what CB does and I have to say they do it well.

Finish: The finish is medium long with lots of smoke. There’s a little char too, I feel like I’ve licked a campfire log but I don’t dislike it. It’s warming with a slight abrasiveness, but nothing too off putting.

Overall: I’m a big fan. I haven’t spent a whole lot of time with blends this was something special.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists

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