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Overall rating
89.10/100
votes
427
Whiskybase ID
WB72332
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
15th Anniversary Limited Edition
Bottled
07.2015
Number of bottles
12060
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5065000482718
Added on
27 Sep 2015 12:27 pm by Vincent2
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 294.48

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427 × member ratings

846 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Flaming Heart 5th Edition CB

76 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.10 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. herby.usa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This new edition was bottled as a limited edition for the 15th anniversary of Compass Box. When the whiskey was released, Compass Box provided a detailed list of all the malts used and thus dealt with the displeasure of the SWA. The age information is no longer included on the current fact sheets.
    The bottling consists of 38.5% 14-year-old Caol Ila, 27.1% 30-year-old Caol Ila, 24.1% 20-year-old Clynelish and 10.3% 7-year-old blended malt from Clynelish, Teaninich and Dailuaine.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoke, sweet, dried fruit, sea salt. With water you can also see tropical fruits and pineapples
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smoke, caramel, coffee, ginger. The smoke becomes stronger with water, dark chocolate, banana and grapes are added
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium to long, smoky and sweet with a slight bitter note

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Amazingly complex vatted malt, well balanced - unfortunately very expensive
    • Nose
      In sugar sweetness integrated smokiness merged with maritime components, wet moss, algae and seashore, with a little ventilation increases the sweetness and fruitiness, blood oranges and tangerines appear
    • Taste
      Wet wood and foliage, phenolic and maritime, sweet marzipan, spices, quince compote with cinnamon, some pepper, sugared grapefruit
    • Finish
      Medium to long

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. 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 ...

  7. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Well, that's a very enjoyable malt, I'm pleasantly surprised. The four different distillery characteristics complement each other very well and form a very balanced but exciting blended malt.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Subtle smoke, yellow apple, slices of peach, sliced lime. In addition, so as not to make it too fruity, a good pinch of pepper, salt water spray, a mineral note. The honeycombs slowly peel out, a waxy firmness spreads. Almonds, marzipan, mocha, chervil.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dry and very spicy approach, in which the fruits of the nose are not initially reflected. For this with a good portion of pepper and salt, also nutmeg and cloves. Now clearly smoky, with cold ash from a campfire and a hint of tar. The oak breaks through very quickly and ensures a lasting dry mouthfeel. Vanilla, milk coffee, almond butter.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long, dry finish with smoke, spice, salt and a little fruit sweetness. Due to the spices, the smoke, the long-lasting drought, one could almost speak of a long finish.

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful dram that brings the individual distilleries to their best advantage.
    It may lack a bit of complexity, but it scores with harmony and a very round taste.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Lemon, salt, lime, mineral, peat, grass, herbs, green peppers, tar, cypress
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, cold smoke, ash, creamy and mouth filling
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium length, dry

  9. 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

  10. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced and very tasty. Hits on all the right levels
    • Nose
      90 90
      Bit of ash, camphor, bandages, wax, light floral note, honey, light note of wildgrass field, salt, lemon
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoke, pepper, citrus, tea leaves, creamy milk chocolate, mint, sugar cinnamon, 
    • Finish
      90 90
      Oily, dash of pepper, seaweed, honey, walnut fudge, hint of smoke

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