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Flaming Heart 5th Edition CB

Overall rating
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
15th Anniversary Limited Edition
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Sep 2015 12:15 pm by Vincent2

Average value

€ 194,19

Whisky Reviews for Flaming Heart 5th Edition CB

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.25 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] A review of a sample courtesy of VVP - and I am very curious because Jim Murray scored this very high.

    This is a typical modern style wood-driven dram that focusses on the impressive flavours that are induced by the cask (e.g., virgin oak) instead of the more subtle aromas of the distillate. So this blend swims clearly in the mainstream of the current whisk(e)y zeitgeist but I am a rather old-fashioned drinker of more subtle, complex and balanced drams, (un)fortunately...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers an impressive profile of peaty (both maritime and mainland), fruity, herbal, chalky and sugary aromas in a delicate mix. It reminds me a little of the nose of my beloved 25+ years old Caol Ila's from the vintages 1982-84 (and indeed they added an old Caol Ila from that time to this blend). I really like it even if it is not the most complex nose...
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is more wood-driven than the nose and offers mainly bitter tobacco, herbal and spicy flavours with lots of chalk and minerals besides the heavy woods (that obviously come from the virgin oak Teaninich). To be honest, this is not my favourite flavours profile but I can imagine that others might like this very much (esp. the "wood-heads" like Jim Murray). Some water takes a lot of the bitterness away and releases more sugars and peaty flavours on the palate which is much more to my liking. Actually I prefer a reduction to about 40% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives a little hot and peppery in the mouth with just a minor coating effect and some bitter-astringent moments (tannins). The finish is medium to long and more sugary-sweet than the taste but still very wood-driven - and there is that tannins-induced bitter-astringent feeling again that I personally do not like - but this goes almost completely away with a fair share of water, fortunately...

  2. 404fred scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    27.1% Caol Ila, 30 yo refill hogsheads american oak

    38.5% Caol Ila, 14 yo refill hogheads american oak

    24.1% Clynelish, 20 yo rejuvenated hogsheads american oak

    10.3% Highland malt, 7 yo new france oak

  3. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose is fruity, lemon, vanilla, salt and ash.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the smoke, pepper and lemon, it is creamy and light, we feel the influence of Caol Ila.
    • Finish
      A long finish on peat, salt and pepper

  4. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My 1st Compass Box but surely not the last, congratulations to Master Blender Glaser
    • Nose
      A smoky and slightly peaty nose ... One feels the freshness of the spray and the flowers with a hint of lemon .... second nose towards the leather / suede.
    • Taste
      In a word: freshness, freshness and still freshness .... on lemon, light spices and a flowery wood.
    • Finish
      Long in the mouth, a little medicinal but very pleasant.

  5. Monsieur Dram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Would John Glaser be a master in the art of alchemy? A masterpiece is offered here again. A fine peat, fruit and pretty complexity and no false notes. An easy and devilishly effective whiskey that will captivate us.
    • Nose
      a very fresh nose on coastal notes. We are here at the edge of the sea, smelling the spray full nose. Notes of seaweed, salt, but also antiseptic. The nose evolves towards drier notes, with cereals, hazelnut. Very versatile, here is a new facet looming, something more greedy: lemon, frangipane, fresh mint, eucalyptus, chlorophyll. A delight. With the opening, notes of liquorice and anise develop very frankly.
    • Taste
      The attack on the palate is progressive. It's sweet at first, but it rises in intensity, exploding literally a plethora of aromas: mineral notes, plums, apple, pear, white grapes, salt, eucalyptus , lemon, ginger, smoke. It's fine, delicate, powerful and perfectly balanced. No wrong notes in this score. Everything is in its place, letting each flavor express its potential. The symbiosis between each element is perfect.
    • Finish
      long and fresh on medicinal notes and smoke, but leaving plenty of fruit (plum, grape). Smoked and lemony sweetness captivates us for a long time ...

  6. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Another success of Compass Box! Fine, complex, changing. A superb blended malt!
    • Nose
      Vanilla, lemon zest, a hint of candle wax, and a fine marine peat on the shell of shellfish. A little honey at times. After a long aeration, a certain vegetal freshness (medicinal?) Shows the tip of the nose. A very fine nose.
    • Taste
      Not aggressive for a penny. Entry into matter while finesse. A mixture of slightly peaty marine and mineral peat, and juicy white and yellow fruits. The texture is soft, a little oily, almost "elastic". Vanilla honey rounds off this complex of fruity peat.
    • Finish
      Average. The salinity explodes suddenly, spreading the apple peels that wanted to take the place. Ash and candle are still there, fighting for hegemony with salt.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 96.5 points to the Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary and was 2017 Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year. "Really John? Fifteen years? I mean: 15 years...??? F...ing hell! Oh, by the way mate. It's a bloody masterpiece..."

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    If you like this edgy and dirty way like me, it will fit.
    • Nose
      Chestnut, lemon, lime, ginger, nutmeg, white pepper, full malt, oak, leather, tobacco tin, fine peat smoke in the distance, dry algae, robust and edgy, like
    • Taste
      Herbal honey, tobacco, algae, pebbles, chalk, nutmeg, clove, chili, autumn leaves, grapefruit, lemon zest, pepper and fine smoke again
    • Finish
      Long with the pepper, chalk, malt, only a few citrus notes, salt and smoke


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