Flaming Heart 6th Edition CB

Overall rating
87.71/100
votes
315
Whiskybase ID
WB116432
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Barrels, Hogsheads, French & American Oak
Number of bottles
15050
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml 1500 ml 1750 ml
Bottle code
L 21 06 18
Barcode
5065000482718
Added on
13 aug 2018 7:58 pm by 404fred
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 154.61

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Whisky reviews for Flaming Heart 6th Edition CB

59 users have left 65 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.71 points.

  1. Falnor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is incredible well made. I adored the last flaming heart and this one is still just incredible. Better than most peated malts!
    • Nose
      89 89
      At first a gentle highlander, some candlewax and different kinds of fruit. But then, out of nothing this complex peated side emerges. Dry sausage, clay, very mineral and chalk. Smoked ham, pineapple
    • Taste
      88 88
      A coastal highlander, a gentle islay or a fierce islander? Why not something from everything. Smoked lemons, waxy notes, seasalt, apples both fresh and stewed. Mineral stones.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Dry ash and lots of campfire and wood. Warm, sweet and smoky. Also some liquorice.

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  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Thanks to Slàinte Mhath for leaving this bottle at the bar.
    No bottle of Compass Box is particularly cheap, but if you want fine art you have to be prepared to pay.
    In most cases they know what they do and how to do it well. This is not just skillful, it's taken to the level of art in the craft.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very light maritime peat. This is gentle even though you can sense Islay or rather Caol Ila in the glass.
      Light citrus as well as light wood spices.
      Sweet with a mix of mostly yellow fruit.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Rich spicy arrival. Creamy and coating.
      The spice makes the peat feel a little lagging, but when it arrives it is beautifully balanced with sweetness.
      Chocolate malt, tobacco and fatty nuts.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Light citrus and a pinch of salt.
      Slowly fading.
      No complaints, I just want to start over.

  4. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    When does a whisky label become art? Inspired by a rock song, Flaming Heart is definitely one of the most iconic Compass Box releases. On the nose, citrus fruits, brine and vegetal peat smoke outshine chamomile, white pepper and beeswax. Lovely Caol Ila signature. Honeyed in the arrival, peat and spices wrestle on the palate, while stewed fruits, walnuts and dark chocolate follow the spectacle. The finish pushes this malt to the next level, as drying oak, tobacco and a dash of salt surrender to honey, lemons and cloves. Exceptional blending at its best!

    RATING: 4.4/5.0 stars ≙ 90 pts → SUPERB [-]
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 48.9%
    Aroma: Very subtle, but not overpowering. Soft smoke, with sweeter fruit notes above. In addition to fruit, cloves, vanilla, hazelnuts, straw, hay, straws. Quite a lot of sensations that keep spilling over and changing. (87b)
    Taste: The percentages are known, it's not a trick. Sweet fruitiness and florality, hand in hand with a subtle smoke. Spicy, thanks to the smoke the aftertaste lasts for a long time. Citrus, malt, straws, peppermint chocolate. (87b)
    Points: 87/100
    Summary: Tasting of a sample from the Whiskey Festival 2021 in Malá Moravka. Overall quite a fun whisky.

  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Iron_Calli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely delicious, good and complex, with some smoke and cocoa and a good dose of pepper and chilli catch. Unfortunately, after a while, a somewhat disturbing metallic note sets in on the finish.

  8. EricLeeee scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    87/100

  9. EricLeeee scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Caol Ila dominated, with sweet mineral notes, a hint of fruit, and significant peatiness all to the end.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Peat smoke, peppery, light caramel. Sweet & Sour. Sweet tropical fruits, but not overpowering. Warming finish, however not very long lasting. Nice blended malt!

  11. romantickizzel scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    First foray into Compass Box so hopefully this bottles a good example- lets GO:

    Beautifully balanced blend between the Caol Ila Clynelish and Deanston. Can taste elements from all 3 in there. To briefly describe, I would say Citrusy Sea salt smoked honey coated almonds.

    A few haters on here. I think maybe the $ increase and the younger stock in the 6th compared to the 5th edition has turned people off. If the 5th is better than this would love to try it.

    ** 2nd taste - even better - more savoury celery and coriander notes , just excellent .

    Worth the $ and worth a try for sweet peat heads.

  12. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Smoke, iodine and tropical fruits, very well done, light body but great balance and really drinkable

  13. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Balanced peat and smoke with a quite fruity background, very drinkable - pretty good
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lot of vanilla, sweet peat, smoke, some yellow and green fruits, green apple, banana, hints of honey, marzipan, some smoked ham and bacon, spices, little leafy - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, more vanilla, herbs, smoky, ham and bacon, apple juice, cigar tobacco, little salty, fruity - really not bad
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, peaty, smoky, salty, fruity, juicy

  14. JBKwb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. ehelkur scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      On the nose, honey, oranges, pineapples, a bit of brin, toffee mixed with spices with a hint of vanilla. It feels like being in an orchard by the sea.
    • Taste
      The palate is very nice. The arrival is dry, sour, from oranges and lemons then it develops into a lot of fruits, apples, peaches, tropical fruits, it is like the after taste of a fruity smoked crème brulée mixed with a bit of crunchy flower of salt.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium, salty, a little like at the ending of a “Bacalhau” (salted cod fish) triology....

  16. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    in some ways a modern style Brora!
    • Nose
      89 89
      honey, peat, cloves, beewax, nuts, lemon grass, pear, smoked liverwurst, really a lot is going on!
    • Taste
      88 88
      initially surprisingly fresh, lovely subtle smoke, nicely layered, lemon, minerally, earthy
    • Finish
      88 88
      long and waxy, lemon, peatsmoke

  17. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Nice smoky nose, honey sweetness

    Taste: distinctly smoky, ashy, citrus fruits, spicy, a little salty

    Finish a little too short. Spicy, salty

  19. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 89 points Shoplink Moderator

    Not as good as the 5th version, but still above-standard blended malt.
    (Evaluated on a sample basis.)
    • Nose
      Peat, caramel, ground coffee and dates.
    • Taste
      Primarily sweet and sour. Orange and lime juice with a little honey, pepper, plum with cinnamon and Salko coffee (condensed milk).
    • Finish
      Salty, sweet, sour and bitter. Delicate and comprehensive. Sweet wood, gooseberry, tar and espresso.

  21. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. Lenart scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Perhaps the least intensive aroma that I've tasted.
    Palate flavours have some intricacies, but does not really shine.

  23. Xaccie scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nose: rather oaky, baked bread, vanilla bread. Arrival: very sweet and lots of banana, quickly turning into baked bread, banana bread, vanilla cream. Then very slowly developing via old brittle, mature cheeses towards a charred, honey-glazed grilled pork, grilled bacon creamy finish.

  24. Wolf68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    1558) Compass Box, Flaming Heart, 6th Edition (2018)
    • Nose
      N- The initial hints of sweet nail polish and drift of dried fruit that reminiscent a Springbank. But this get fishy-peaty-shell-y, quintessential coastal oriented with uplifting sweet pines and citrus syrup. Swirling glass calls out the soothing milky chocolate and maltose candy. Light and gentle but surely not weak, behold the smokes, fat malt, fresh citrus and floral with coastally salted shells nuances. The reverse of 5th Edt with more power. (92/23)
    • Taste
      P- Weighty, peppery, grassy and herbaceous, with tinge of salt, rising smokes and choking spiciness. Oak driven balance with shines of distillates from various distilleries. Dash of well integrated dried fruit along the gingery warm heat. (90/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, waxy (precious!) chewy follow by oily mouth-coat and plenty of smokes. Raw toasted oak that linger like a toasted brown loaf. (92/23)

      B/B- 92/23 Various component has a says and relatable in the blend. The waxiness of Clynelish, dried fruits of sherried Spice Tree, sour honey of the Highlanders and the grassy Deanston, of course the coastal smokes from Caol Ila. Artfully orchestrated.

      Weighted Rate- 91pt

  26. Dmz scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  27. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Is there a bit of smoke ?, peach, mango, some lemon, wood, some earth
    • Taste
      Honey, peach, mango, apricot, some lemon, some pepper, some ash

  28. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla milk, coconut, mountain honey. The peat is decidedly behind, not very smoky, with some fish. Iodine. Lime fillet, sweet potatoes. Thick humidity, like before a thunderstorm. Then the fruits return, undoubtedly the influence of sherry casks, juicy pear, cranberries, melon, mashed banana, pomegranate seeds. Pearly palate, still as fruity, but more on citrus fruits, mandarins, lemon, a zest of grapefruit. The spices are there, full-bodied, pepper, cardamom. Pear. The finish gives off a little charcoal, slightly aggressive and quite long, it surfs on a slight acidity to dive into orchard fruits and marshmallow. Light caramel, tamarind juice, waterlogged wood.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/02/compass-box-flaming-heart-6th-edition.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    If you like Caol Ila but would prefer its peat intensity dialed down to, say, young Highland Park or mid-aged Bowmore levels, plus an extra layer of sweetness, then this is for you.
    Certainly well-composed and coherent (and surprisingly sweet), but I would've expected more depth and finesse from a bottling that received 90 points from both Whiskyfun and Whiskynotes. To me, this is a quintessential example of a "nosing whisky" that underwhelms on the palate.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Farmy and maritime at the same time: cowshed, manure, kelp, ocean spray. The Caol Ila is unmistakably in the lead, but there's an added creamy/oily texture that you don't usually get with CI. A pastry sweetness as well: caramel and honey wafers, buttered brioche, pastel de nata. The sherried aspect is very inconspicuous, my impression is that its proportion is probably tiny. If I had to guess, I'd say that the Caol Ila component is the older one, while the other malts probably hover somewhere around the 12-year-mark. There's a nice sense of much-reduced, well-aged smoke, mixed with the typical honeyed barley richness (and softly butyric yeastiness) of teenaged Highland whisky.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Almost a third of this is Deanston, and it shows in a massive sweetness (probably further amplified by all the heavily-charred oak and its caramelized wood sugars). Not as waxy or oily as the nose had me suspect, though. The texture on the tongue almost reminds me of a blended Scotch; it has that creamy (but somewhat thin), velvety mouthfeel. Flavor-wise, the basic character is sweet, spicy, and smoky, and the development also unfolds according to this sequence. You kind of go from the Deanston honey to the French oak spices to the Caol Ila peat. The ABV is well-judged: there's enough intensity to engage cask-strength aficionados, but not so much burn as to completely turn off more casual drinkers. My main issue with this is that it's merely... pleasant. I don't find it particularly complex, I'm struggling to identify the sizable portion of Clynelish that went into it, and it also seems younger on the palate than on the nose.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very honeyed, almost to the point of being teeth-coating, with soft maritime smoke.

  30. Dogs2 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  31. holborndrinker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The inventor of whisky deserves a salute (lets take our barley, add water and wait 3 years!) - this provides a decent nod - alchemy through blending. Belting.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Like a fleece after a barbie - warm with a gentle smoke.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Honeyed smoke - well balanced.
    • Finish
      86 86
      I didn't want it to finish.

  32. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Freshly opened bottle. Wonderful sherry + peat + wax. Just lovely and quaffable.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  33. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21 23 21 21 86

  34. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good but maybe just a little too expensive for what you get. A price level just under €100 would be more fitting.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A rounded smokiness, sandlewood, wax, salted butter, vanilla, summer fruits like apricot and pineapple, lemon zest, fudge, maple syrup, mildly floral, some anice and faint liquorice.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Honied sweetness, salty smoke, vanilla, citrus, a little tropical, nutty, toffee, liquorice and some white pepper. Also just a tad dusty.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long: a little sweetness, liquorice and quite some dry wood smoke and charcoal. Not bad, but I would have liked some more complexity here.

  35. thebonewolf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Really nice smoke/peat. I’d have liked to taste more of the fruit I smelled. Even so, I really enjoyed this - it’s a real shame this isn’t part of their regular lineup. If they could source enough of the components to make it more regularly available (and priced more modestly) that would be a wonderful thing for people who like whisky, though I suppose there is something to the scarcity that might make it a bit more special.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Fruit on the pour. Smoky fruit, apple, green wood.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peaty malt, some peppery feel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long but low-powered.

  36. toklian scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N22 P23 F22 B22

  37. MGHOW did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Guys, stop rating these fancy packaged but lacking blends so highly. For the price this is no better than a Talisker Storm at a third of the price.

    Zero points for the Whiskybase reviewers.
    • Nose
      Poor value.
    • Taste
      Watery.
    • Finish
      Lacking.

  38. MGHOW did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Beautiful embossed bottle and wax bottle top. Packaging is more than the contents can deliver however.

    This is too young and doesn't take water or even ice.

    I am very disappointed if this is the direction Compass Box will be taking, profit over potability.

  39. matfrl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice smoky, warm and dry blended malt with good coordination.
    • Nose
      Beautiful, warm coal smoke, lavender, bitter orange, wax, algae, apricot and honeydew melon, roasted malt and chestnut
    • Taste
      Roasted peanuts, chestnut, bitter orange, thyme, rosemary, camphor, clove, nutmeg, oak, leather saddle
    • Finish
      Long and dry, some black pepper, dark malt, orange peel and nuts

  41. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. sr_tobi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting Notes - 04/10/2019

    N:
    Salty, maritime, typical Islay smoke, light fruits undefined, tangerines, lime, slightly sweet, alcohol well integrated

    T:
    Still the typical Islay smoke of a very definite distillery, alcohol very well integrated.
    Suspect a single cask, which could speak for age again, candied tropical fruits, pleasant oak, light acidity

    A:
    Medium long, slightly peppery, very harmonious, BUT nose and taste promise more than the finish can hold

    87 points

    My advice:
    Islay
    Caol Ila
    Bourbon Hogshead
    Independent bottler
    22y
    52.5 ABV

    Conclusion: Oh a Blend ... but Caol Ila is not to hide ;-)

  43. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, earth, herbs / grass, lemon, apple, honey, peach, strawberries, blackberries, some cinnamon and some nutmeg
    • Taste
      Honey, herbs, neat tingle on the tongue, green apple, lemon, grapefruit, coffee, minimal ash and smoke, a few nuts, pepper

  44. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice whiskey with restrained smoke and distinct sherry flavors. Long lasting sweet malt.
    • Nose
      Sherry and smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet, dark dried fruits, smoke and sherry.
    • Finish
      Smoky fruit. Medium to long.

  45. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice whiskey with restrained smoke and distinct sherry flavors. Long lasting, sweet malt.
    • Nose
      Sherry and smoke.
    • Taste
      First sweet, dried dark fruits covered with smoke, then the sherry barrel.
    • Finish
      The smoky fruits remain medium in the mouth.

  46. Kaleva scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky, nicely composed and with superb balance. Complete, quite coastal and simply very pleasant. Spices, fruits and smoke intertwined in a beautiful way. This expression, however, not very complex but very drinkable. The price seems to be set at a reasonable level.
    • Nose
      Fresh, smoky, slightly farmy, wet chalk, maritime (brine, kelp), green apple, a hint of vanilla, woody notes, citrus peel
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet, quite spicy (pepper mix, ginger), slightly salty, minerally, light grapefruit zest bitterness, dried apples, some nutty notes, cold ashes
    • Finish
      Quite long, slightly sweet with wax notes, juicy with candied fruits and a bit ashy and medicinal at the end

  47. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Peat smoke, spicy (pepper), kippery, oysters, citrus, fuity (apples, grapes), berries, vanilla
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peat smoke, oily, creamy, waxy, almonds, salty, kippery, vanilla
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, sweet, fruity, beeswax

  48. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22-22-22-22, a good combination of clynelish and caol ila, deanston also does not interfere)

  49. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Overall, a really good, smoky blended malt. The is not too smooth and offers enough tension. Priced but rather unattractive.
    • Nose
      The smoke is clearly audible and well integrated, but of course not as strong as a pure Islay Malt. In addition, a nice freshness. I'll just say flower meadow in the spring breeze :-). Additionally candied apple. Apricot jam. Somewhat dark crème brûlée.
    • Taste
      Much less of this freshness in the mouth now. Nice honey sweetness. Flowerhoney. Vanilla pudding. Generally only pretty sweet and creamy. Then the oak comes and brings nutmeg into play. Also a pleasant sharpness. The smoke is also beautiful with the oak. It gets drier and nuttier.
    • Finish
      The smoke is a bit ashier but does not last that long. Walnut. Drying.

  50. Abadon05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite complex and mild, by the slight spice for a blend quite sophisticated. This greasy sulfur is not my case. Added to this is the price. But all in all a very complex blend.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sulfur and something greasy. In addition there are bright fruits like mango and pineapple. If you give the malt some time, a sweetness as well as kiwi and orange aromas come to the fore. Very complex.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Mild. The greasy sulfur remains. After a second or two, a light spice spreads that will not make the blend too boring. Added to this are honey and vanilla aromas and a dryness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The mildness remains, but the dryness dominates. The mango and the honey can also be heard clearly. The smoke gives way a bit.

  51. Abadon05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very complex and mild, but not too mild due to the light spiciness and therefore demanding. As a blend a great and especially complex combination.
    The greasy sulfur, however, is not my case at all. Therefore, the deduction and added the price. But so far my most complex blend!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sulfur and something greasy. Light fruits in the background, such as mango and pineapple.
      If you give the malt a short time then a sweetness comes to the fore as well as slight hints of kiwi and orange.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Mild with a focus on sulfur and the greasy remains as well. After a second or two, a light spice spreads that is still pleasant and does not make the whiskey too boring. Honey and vanilla now dominate as well as a certain dryness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Mild and above all dry. The mango and the honey stay. Minimal smoke

  52. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Clay
    I tried the 4th Edition of this Flaming Heart in 2013 and the 5th Edition in 2016. Today, the 6th Edition of this blended malt is in my glass. While the ABV remains the same, the composition is slighty different each time. For this sixth release they used barrels, hogsheads, French oak and American oak. The lead players are still Clynelish and Caol Ila.
    On the nose, the Caol Ila is immediately noticeable, but it cannot hide the waxiness of Clynelish (that’s a good thing, too). It has a lovely sweetness, which makes me think a sherry cask went into the mix. Touches of clay, a whiff of diesel and baked apples. Another bull’s eye, if you ask me.
    It is fairly powerful, quite peppery and salty and the peat immediately takes the reins. Feisty spiciness and nice development of smoke. To my surprise this is a lot less sweet than the nose promised and also a lot less sweet than the previous two releases if memory serves. Citrus peeks around the corner, as does a leaf of mint. Midpalate, the salt takes control.
    The finish starts quite intense on ashes and liquorice, but then suddenly disappears leaving the mouth dry.
    The better work of John Glaser, although I do prefer the 4th release. This is certainly worth 130 EUR.

  53. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Enjoyed a former expression quite a lot. High expectations!
    No disappointment!
    • Nose
      90 90
      yes, same league if I remember right.
      A good portion of Caol ila with quite some smoke and toasted notes, smoked halibut, bandages, wax jacket, linseed oil, drops of lemon juice! smells young and midaged at the same time. Beach and seebreeze, hints of heather honey. A few old coins. Earthy notes with some time.
      Rather old style
    • Taste
      91 91
      smoky with a good salty underground, rather intense. liquorize, a splash of lemon juice, capers, salted caramel, almonds.
      reminds me a lot of 18 yo caol ila only a wee more bitter.
      A very nice palate!
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium to long, becoming a bit dry

  54. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  55. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/malt-n-copper-christmas-tasting-2018-part-2/

    ‘In this 2018 edition, we have reintroduced a subtle sherry-cask influence that adds an additional layer of complexity and richness. A medium smoky-peaty base is enriched by a sweet maltiness and notes of baking spices and dried fruit’. [CB]

    N: The building blocks of this blend spell out the profile [as it’s been widely reported], rather succinctly. Namely ‘39% Caol Ila, 29% Deanston, 17% Clynelish and another 17% Highland Malt Blends’. So we’ve a very whisky-ish, yeasty-ish, [refill French & US cask matured] blend with a hint of smoke.
    T: Vanilla & smoke. Again, the casks speak clearly, as do the component parts.
    F: Butyric yeastiness, or is that my palate calling time?
    C: Though it doesn’t deliver on price point [£120, Dec ’18], even if my notes don’t reflect it, I found this to be a great example of fine blending.

    Scores a B-

  56. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  57. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I did not want to subscribe to the blend, but the opposite is true.
    Vino sticks, the fortress does not pile on ...
    Gave to stand ... everything is equalized ...
    Chic nectar! I recommend to study all!
    Balance on top!

  58. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  59. Kumachan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    ● The dress.
    Now, irregular tears, thick with big drops.

    ● The nose.
    Parterre of white flowers and honey flowers, long fermented barley, orange peel on the heating sprinkled with cinnamon and a slightly smoky peat.
    Nutmeg and dried fruits.

    ● The mouth.
    Very tender, spicy, smoky and woody.
    Round on lavender honey and violet, salt and pepper spice, peat and sweet.
    Vanilla and licorice, noble wood, finally, the white fruits where we meet particular cooked pear.

    ● The final.
    Short, deals with honey, white flowers and minerality.

    Its good.
    Rather well done but something is missing, too simple.

    If it had to be given a subjective note it would be a 86.

  60. AgentMunky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      8/8

      Typical and delightful Flaming Heart nose -- lots of spice, warming smoke, promises of fruit.
    • Taste
      85 85
      8/8.5

      Surprisingly soft on the palate, even at full-strength. The smoke is somehow foregrounded but subtle, and a lot of the flavor seems to some through the custom barrels with their signature French oak. As with the 4th Edition, I'm not *crazy* about the sherry influence, but it is much milder and better integrated in this 6th Edition.

      Water heightens the sweetness and complexity, bringing out a vanilla softness and more spices.
    • Finish
      95 95
      9/9.5

      Spicy and meaty and so very long.

  61. Shmotch scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Personally, I enjoyed the 2012 and 2015 significantly more than this 2018 edition. I am quite fond of this blend, so I was somewhat disappointed in what I felt what a departure from the previous bottlings in terms of smell and taste. I dare say the sherry cask is more prominent to hide the more youthful exuberance of the younger Caol Ila and Clynelish in this batch. Also a big price increase in retail too this time around...booo

  62. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Serge has awarded 90 points to the Flaming Heart 6th Edition. "Typical John Glaser work, made with the right malt whiskies. If you want to recreate Led Zeppelin, better have Robert Plant and Jimmy Page on board, I suppose."

  63. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  64. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The Caol Ila influence is just a tad too strong to my liking, but that's personal. Overall this is such a well-balanced, mature and lovely Islay-esque whisky. Top notch.
    • Nose
      This just might be very good! It is waxy, somewhat farmy and lightly smoked, with hints of rubber, but also white grapes, banana pudding, and raspberries. Oh, and vanilla, because, of course there's vanilla.
    • Taste
      Wood smoke and a proper salinity, with a good amount of vanilla custard as well. The Caol Ila feels much more pronounced here. Some leather, and apple, but also a hint of blackberries and charcoal as well.
    • Finish
      Lingering smoke, ash and a tad drying.

  65. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    whiskeyvanzuylen.nl:

    "The sixth edition of Flaming Heart is also bottled to a limited extent, this time 15,050 bottles and 800 magnums are available.The recipe runs along the familiar lines, so Caol ila, Deanston and Clynelish are the tastemakers and two different blended malts are used. In addition, the whiskeys used ripened on a wide range of barrels, hogsheads, French and American oak, first-fill, refill and recharred, and for the first time since 2012 a small proportion of sherry casks have been used. full and rich whiskey with powerful smoke notes of Islay and fruity and spicy accents of the Highlands. "

  66. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Shop info of limited-whisky.de:

    Limited to 15,050 bottles, Flaming Heart's sixth Edition (2018), a whiskey inspired by a rock song, once again combined Compass Box's rich and spicy whiskeys with intensively toasted French oak with the pungent Smoke of the Whiskey peaty Islay whiskey.

    The individual components are chosen at different age levels, thus achieving complexity and complexity. In this issue of 2018, Compass Box has reintroduced a subtle sherry barrel impact, adding an extra layer of aromatic richness. The combination results in an unparalleled flavor profile: tall, bold, beguilingly smoky, but with a seductive, ethereal sweetness.

    The composition of the edition: 39% Caol Ila, 29% Deanston, 17% Clynelish and another 17% Highland Malt Blends. "

    Shop info of fine-whisky.de:

    "After about three years, the" Flaming Heart "series by Compass Box will continue with the 2018. The successor of the Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary is a blended malt of Caol Ila, Clynelish, Deanston and a Blended Malt from the Highlands It shows a rich and spicy malt whiskey, stored in heavily roasted French oak barrels and showing marked Islay peat-smoke influences.The Compass Box Flaming Heart 2018 was launched in June 2018 with 48.9% vol bottled by 15,050 bottles. "

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