Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
02 sep 2012 12:07 pm

Average value

€ 299.00

31 × in wishlist

129 × member ratings

304 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Flaming Heart 4th Edition CB

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.22 points

  1. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 95.5 points to the Flaming Heart 4th Edition.
    "Vatted malt at its very best. A genuine celebration of great scotch malt whisky".
    Whiskyfun 91 points September 2012.

  2. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Accessible, tasty, drinkable. I like it. What I would particularly like to underline in this case are the beautiful transitions. With fruit it goes from the nose to the taste, with salt it then goes into the finish. This is a composition and not just a blend. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/12/31/compass-box-20th-anniversary/

  3. DramJammin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. valery77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Citrus, smoke, soot, a little freshness, gouache. Background in the background - vanilla, sweet pastry. Peat and mineral motifs. Wet land. 22
    • Taste
      86 86
      The middle-aged man. Moderately dry. Pepper, matchheads, salted mineral water, fruit. Closer to the middle of the dram becomes more sweet. 21
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, delicate-smoky, enveloping. Mineral, phenolic motifs, ashes, soot. Old skin. Smoked bacon. 22

      A good smoky-peat mole without failures and weaknesses. Balance sheet - 22
      Total 87

  5. lucero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Recipe :
    44.2% Peat Monster (40% Laphroaig, 26% Ardmore, 20% Ledaig, 13% Caol Ila) - First Fill Bourbon Barrel
    26.0% Clynelish - First Fill Bourbon Barrel
    23.9% Highland Malt Blend (60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine, 20% Teaninich) - Heavy Toast Custom French Oak Cask
    03.6% Highland Malt Blend - First Fill Bourbon Barrel
    01.7% Laphroaig - First Fill Bourbon Barrel
    00.6% Aceo malt Blend - First Fill Sherry Butt

  6. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes, I like it. You can clearly see in which direction the masterblender has worked here. A great all-round package of fruit, cereals and smoke. He has everything it takes to be a good painter. Despite his straightforwardness, he does not get bored. The finish is the best part.
    • Nose
      The nose is dominated by smoke, sweetness and grain. Mandarins and light pastries. A light maltiness sets in over time.
    • Taste
      The snatched one fits seamlessly into the nose. Again smoke. But not as dominant as in the nose. In addition peaches and honey again cereals. This time also a little hay. The alcohol is despite the "only" 48.9% but quite noticeable.
    • Finish
      A medium long bus departure. Now comes the oak. But not brute, rather restrained and beautifully integrated. Bitterness and acid are there. Bright fruits.

  7. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, vanilla, peat and a sensation of vanilla cream!
    • Nose
      smoke, fruit, candied citrus but sweet, a little salt and peat that comes back, all with a softness, comma with a veil to lessen the peculiarities, it reminds me of a Bowmore.

  8. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Bosi scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    A beautifully composed whiskey, which is very versatile and offers a wave of sharpness, especially on the finish. Somehow I miss the special something.
    • Nose
      The aroma starts with bacon and smoke. Later, notes of honey, ripe apples and even raspberry and liquorice develop.
    • Taste
      Now the whiskey starts to honor its name. Smoke plays with chili and brown sugar.
    • Finish
      The finish is a Chiliexplosion. The smoke acts as a cold campfire still weak and more and more caramel builds up.

  10. numen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose is much less obvious than the 3rd release, and it takes some
      time to gather itself. It's refined, no doubt, and it draws you in with
      cream and very waxy fruit (papaya, guava, lemon). The smoke is less
      pronounced than the 3rd release. Honey, sweet hay, and almost a mix of
      grain and bourbon whiskey (on honey). Green tea and coriander round out
      the spice, and there's a very faint trace of the red berry/cherry
      quality from sherry, or my mind deceives me. A nutty, oily aroma from
      flaxseed oil too.
    • Taste
      Very approachable, and it flits between being full and light. Again with
      the smoke, cream, and wax. The smoke is more intense here than on the
      nose, and it's that great coal smoke. Grapefruit and crude oil. Light
      amounts of green apple skins and white pepper. It has that coastal
      saltiness, but minor and not on the scale of Talisker or Port Ellen.
      Olive oil rounds out the finish, which captures the salt, too. For some
      reason, I keep returning to Talisker on this one, though with less
      pronounced and dominant flavors. More mellow.
    • Finish
      Coal, smoke yields, but it's definitely 'blacker' than the third
      release. Fruit is more on citrus, but also less clear. Close to lemon.
      Waxy fruit and toasted flaxseed oil again. Less discernible fruit, but
      more coastal. Olive oil and rosemary on the end. Long after most of the
      finish goes, there's a hint of meat and cherry from the small sherry

  11. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    whisky, really. John Glaser knows his stuff. Around 90 EUR. Recommended!
    • Nose
      Hmm, the
      nose takes you directly to Islay. The peat and the salt are the first things to
      emerge. But not in your face and nicely upholstered by creamy beeswax, apples
      and even a slice of banana. A gentle diesel fume, which works wonderfully, not
      detracting at all. Some menthol and some green tea. This is very complex.
    • Taste
      The attack
      is powerful and peppery, again lead on by the peat. But on the palate, it turns
      even more complex than on the nose. All kinds of citrus, but also marzipan,
      cough syrup and liquorice. Midpalate it turns quite salty. A slightly tropical
      note in the background vainly tries to break through. Mightily, smoky,
      mysterious malts.
    • Finish
      Even in the
      long and warm finish, it does not lose any of its power. Smoke, salt and
      sweetness linger for quite a while.

  12. Rob77 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A huge disappointment after the great 3rd edition! They aimed for quantity over quality on this one. Definitely not worth the price.

  13. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very well done. Easy to drink. Lack of complexity.
    • Nose
      Peated, smoked, mineral and pastry
    • Taste
      In the continuity of the nose; slightly watery
    • Finish

  14. Sonett scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This edition did not impress me as much as previous ones
    • Nose
      A young nose of toffee and fudge, some vanilla in the background
    • Taste
      Soft and sweet entrance in the sign of vanilla then increasing spices
    • Finish
      A long and spicy finish drying a bit at the very end

  15. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A whisky with a large, rich

    and sweet character that is bottled at 48.9%. Has a golden amber

    color and packed with flavor and enticing aromas.
    Aromatic notes of vanilla,

    nutmeg and freshly baked bread open and are quickly followed by attractive notes

    of peat and pork. On the palette are flavors of white grapes and cinnamon to above that

    are complemented by hints of pepper, peat and smoke. A fine bouquet of yogurt

    and stained wood follows to then end up in a long, soft finish with full flavors

    of oak, tobacco and a touch of peat

  16. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    second tasting 24.11.2012

    87 Points

  17. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/compass-box-flaming-heart-edition-3-10th-anniversary-und-die-aktuelle-edition-4-25756/ Color: pale gold
    Nose: Very fruity, lots of vanilla, pleasant and round, malt with little peat and smoke, caramel, black pepper, lemon juice with honey.
    Taste: Dull notes with a strong saltiness, tea, powerful smoke and peat, a lot of citric acid and only a little fruit, honey.
    Finish: Fairly long, slightly bitter, delicately fruity and ending with dry smoke.
    85 points (nose: 88 / taste: 85 / finish: 83)

  18. MaltMuggle77 scored this whisky 77 points Member Junior

    I was very disappointed with this 4th edition. The 10th edition was much more luscious and complex and full bodied. This is anemic, and most shockingly, very young tasting. I think Compass Box has sacrificed quality for quantity (double the number of bottles as the last release). It`s definitely not worth the $100 asking price, especially when I can get an Uigeadail for $69.


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