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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

€ 178.60

Whisky Reviews for Flaming Heart 5th Edition CB

57 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.27 points

  1. 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

  2. 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...

  3. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    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..."

  4. 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

  5. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    [Aug 2018]

    My bottle has been open for 2 years now, and is half empty.
    Prolonged aeration seems higly benefitial ; I had it yesterday for the first time in quite a while and it's never been this good before. The slightly over-the-top pepper and camphor that I usually find on the palate were totally gone and both the Clynelish and the Caol Ila DNA's were expressing themselves with tremendous charm and subtelty. It's now worthy again of the 91 I initially gave it based on a purchased sample (that had to be much aerated as well, I guess now). It was already worth buying at that price when these spicy notes were a little too much for me, but now they're gone, I can only recommend it even more.

  6. DenisL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance sheet 22 good blend, everything is very smooth and tasty. 88
    • Nose
      The fruit ... peat ... salt ... pear ... mineral ... freshness and cinnamon ... 22
    • Taste
      burning ... ointment ... sweetness ... cream cream ... 22
    • Finish
      Warm ... smoky ... wet paper sprinkled with ground pepper ... citrus notes .... 22

  7. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. German_Socrates scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  9. Malinois scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior


    Going for 90 because of the smooth taste and long soft smokey (Caol Ila) aftertaste. The nose doesn't bring as much as the taste and aftertaste 

  10. 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


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