July 10, 2006

Compass Box Peat Monster Scotch Review

Peat Monster by Compass Box
Vatted Malt Scotch Whisky
92 Proof (46% ABV)
Typical Price: In the neighborhood of $60 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits
Compass Box Website

Peat Monster!It's been a while since we were really and truly excited about Scotch. After all, we consider ourselves good old fashioned bourbon drinkers at heart. But after our experience with Asyla and Eleuthera, we've been chomping at the bit to get our lips around the newest Compass Box expression to arrive at our offices - Peat Monster.

With a name like that, we expect it to stomp through our tastebuds like Gojira (that's Japanese for Godzilla) through Tokyo. Will it live up to the high expectations set by its predecessors? Read on to find out.

The Color: I Dream of Peaty
Just like the other bottles we got from Compass Box, the Monster is a light gold and doesn't give much of a hint about what you're in for when you open the bottle.

The Nose: The Monster Mash
An interesting combination of vanilla and smoke, and even a whiff of fruit and spices somewhere in the background. Reminiscent of our experience with Eleuthera, but bigger somehow. Smoky is the watchword here, and we liked the late-night campfire vibe.

The Taste: The Adventures of Peat and Peat
Now this is some peaty stuff, and chewier than anything in liquid form has a right to be. A waft of smoke on first sip, and that smoke just doesn't give up. This one's the gift that keeps on giving, and we mean that in a nice way - you'll be tasting smoke when you go to bed.

It's not overpowering, and it's certainly not monstrous in any negative way, just a nice warm smoke with some other curious flavors in the background. Fruit? Vanilla? Leather? It makes you want to go back for another sip to find out.

The Verdict: No Monstrosity
Now, we didn't need a whip and a chair to tame this monster - all it took was some time, and an occasional splash of water. We really enjoyed our dram, and in our quest to become Compass Box completists we're going to say everyone who thinks of themselves as scotch drinkers should try this out. However, at sixty bucks a pop this isn't for the fainthearted or the uninitiated.

Peat Monster isn't for newbies, and it's not one that's going to convert a non-scotch drinker to the fold. The monster is too bg and scary for that. This is a scotch to work up to but you'll be glad you did...we know this is one monster we'd be happy to find under our bed.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at July 10, 2006 7:50 AM
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Does any one know where I can buy Peat Monster in State College Pa?

Posted by: Tom F at February 8, 2014 9:44 AM

A very accurate review for a smoky sweet pure vatted malt scotch whiskey. Try drinking this even if some premium brand scotches bore you. The smoke content is way above average but not quite as astronomical as some little known boutique brands.

Posted by: Scooterboy at May 29, 2009 6:26 PM
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