Overall rating
89.10/100
votes
454
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

€ 257.28

88 × in wishlist

454 × member ratings

879 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Flaming Heart 5th Edition CB

76 users have left 84 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.10 points.

  1. littlebuzzed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Yeah, definitely buy one if you can get one.
    I want!!!
    • Nose
      Sweet ripe fruit, light peat, dusty, honey, bacon, citrus, eucalyptus
    • Taste
      Soft, creamy, apricot, minerality and brininess shines through
    • Finish
      Great lingering flavor, honey, mellow spice, brine

  2. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very nice representative of its guild. Good depth, the flavors blend beautifully most of the time. You can't complain about it. On the contrary, you can have lots of fun with it.

    Full review of six blends bottled from 1950 to 2022: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/07/12/blends-in-nicely-3/

  3. HedonistMan scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Just perfect......

  4. glenrob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Bottle opened for about five years. Still excellent, still not 90 points though (not complex enough), but it's now less harsh, perhaps slightly fruitier, or at the very least, the fruits are more approachable. Peat is well-integrated. 88 --> 89 points. I should drink this more often rather than once a year!

  6. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Seems older in sum than the 6th edition. Stunning nose, even if the palate can't quite keep up.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Caol Ila in the lead. Definitely some older stock in here. The other malts are really only there to prop up the lovely old Islay, in my impression. But who cares, it's a grand show. I'd prefer this over the 18 and 25 y.o. Caol Ila OBs any day of the week.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Ashy, maritime, mineral, with sweetness and spice as a second act. Very well-constructed, but not as seamless and resonant as the nose. Perhaps the younger malts drag it down a bit – it's certainly more peppery and spicy than the nose would have you believe.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Honeyed, briny, and bourbon-based. Long.

  9. lucero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    1557) Compass Box, Flaming Heart, 5th Edition, 2015
    Caol Ila, Clynelish, Teaninich and Dailuaine, this has all distilleries that I like, and a very HBO liked bottling name.
    • Nose
      N- Sourish sweet juice of ripe sunkist, aroma intensify as it breath with creamy chocolate honey and more citrus emerges, vanilla, sweet mineral and toasted oak comes along. Peat not the driving force but more as underlay that fills the gap. Hints of feint and soapiness linger at the tail. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Very Highland indeed, semi dry mouthfeel with citrus crawling on the bed of peat reek. Grassy sweet, the bitterness of peat linger well with the Highland style of citrus, sweet tobacco and fragrant of oak. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, more peat arrival with ashes smokes and bitterness on the tonsil. Medicinal and antiseptic notes guided the profile away from Highland to the shores of Islay. (86/20)

      B/B- 87/21 Lack some 'flame' to burn.

      Weighted Rate- 82pt

  11. herby.usa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sour note, fresh tobacco, leather
      somewhat perfumed, dark sweet sultanas,
      Plum, apple, vanilla, marzipan

      no smoke, but cedar wood
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peppery start - spiciness (chilli) spreads, chocolate / cocoa (classic pimente con cacao)
      Mucous membranes contract immediately (slight bitterness)
      creamy, creamy and even more creamy
      gets really "cocoa-like"
      dark fruits

      you might think a bit salty / maritime (but I'm not sure)
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium
      some of the dark fruit remains in the mouth
      a little cocoa

  12. 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

  13. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  14. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My third time with this whisky (second review) and it's again a consistent 90 for me. Soft, smokey, honied nose. Soft, rich, peaty, and honied palate. Long sweet-peat finish.

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

    • Nose
      90 90
      Elegant and gentle smokiness, with pretty strong maritime notes. Lovely milk chocolate, with citrus fruits like lemon and oranges. After a while, it become more like charcoal smoke, slightly ashy and some sour cream.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoky and nutty, a good combination. The smoke is very subtle and intriguing, with sweet chocolate note and citrusy. The mouthfeel is just nice, which compliment the palate and nose perfectly.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Pleasant and refreshing, nice fruitiness and nuttiness. The subtle smoke is present from nose to finish, which is very enjoyable. Short to medium long finish.

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

    Freshly opened bottle. Lovely elegant smoky + sinful milk chocolate. The maritime notes shine after a few sips, with some crisp citrus fruits.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  18. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. 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.

  20. Joband scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. 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

  22. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  23. STL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very marked Clynelish on the nose (waxy). Subtle, but salty (especially on the finish)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Definitely high-quality work. The odor is somewhat contradictory, ostensibly well adjusted, but there are some extra points, like me, moments, obsessive herbiveness, and a sparkling wine. A bit of standing is getting better. To taste and aftertaste, no claims, delicious and meaningful.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruit and vegetable, sweat, apple juice, sweet aerated water, candles, wax, vanilla, candied fruits, herbs, iris, fermented dried fruits, saltiness, pears, light pebbly background (which amplifies after the first ingestion), oak, haze , peppermint, seaweed and seaweed.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pepper, raisins, sweet peat, lemon, ashes, smoke, fruits, iris, wax and a little bit of meat in the final phase.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet-peat, warm, lemon, smoky, long, with wax and peppermint.

  26. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

  28. 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...

  29. 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..."

  30. LiquidThoughts 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

  31. 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.

  32. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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

  33. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  34. German_Socrates scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Malinois scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    88/89

    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 

  36. 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

  37. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/dramboree-2017-dramming-table-day-1/

    N: I can’t remember whether i had this before? Is the peat smoke from Caol Ila? Laphroaig? I’ll do my homework later.
    T: Same again, all very Islay. 
    F: I’m still in the dark but i’m really liking that i’m drinking.
    C: A very good smokey/Islay,… blend? Aah, Clynelish and Caol Ila - now i’m up to speed. I have indeed had it before and gave it a point more last time around - due to context.Scores a B[+]

  38. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Excellent aroma, very versatile, but harmoniously cohesive, with some even references to Brora and much more mundane taste / finish in which there was no place for the development of mineral and oil themes, eventually unfolds fuller, so it's better not to hurry with it.
    • Nose
      Open, malt, grain notes, flower-fruit motifs, then light smoke-peaty notes in the frame of a green apple and mineral shades, lemon zest, fatty-oil fragrances, in general, very lightly and airy.
    • Taste
      Oak, astringent, tart with sweet bitterness, dry medicinal herbs, burnt fudge, boiled sugar, lemon peel, a little peat, light notes of burnt wood.
    • Finish
      Spicy, bitter-sweet - dry herbs and cream; a grapefruit crust, light notes of spicy oak, vanilla and cinnamon.

  39. Wilco scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  40. cuhp scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    High quality and very delicious
    • Nose
      Liquorice, leather, peat, vanilla, oak, salt, lemon
    • Taste
      Salty caramel, dusty, peaty, oak, tobacco
    • Finish
      Salt, slightly bitter, peaty

  41. 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

  42. zormik scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  43. zaphod155 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    DELICIOUS. Class whiskey. Is its price really worth it
    • Nose
      Smoke, sweet, dried fruits, sea salt. With water also show up tropical fruits and pineapple
    • Taste
      Smoke, caramel, coffee, ginger. With water, the smoke is stronger, dark chocolate, banana and grapes are added
    • Finish
      medium to long, smoky and sweet with a light tart note

  44. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Top drawer stuff. One of the best discoveries that I made this year (2017). Make sure that you taste this 5th Edition and not the previous releases because this one really stands out!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 93 points Shoplink Moderator

    Bitter-sweet, but also sour. Beautiful fusion of smoke and non-smoker whiskey. There's so much in it that I can hardly describe everything.
    • Nose
      Peat, musty soil, nail polish, pickle, smoldering embers, fennel, anise, sourness, smoked mackerel, herbal sweets, (with water) vinegar, celery, orange peel, sage
    • Taste
      Ginger, coffee, kohlrabi, sweetened frappe, honey, (with water) fruity syrup, truffle filling, coffee liqueur, gelatinous bears, cloves, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      White chocolate, tannins, ash, menthol, dried pear, starch (pudding powder), herbal tea.

  46. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very enjoyable dram. The Clynelish  and Caol Ila work very well together. Compass Box have created a smooth smokey experience with plenty of complexity, fruit notes and a clean minerally earthiness. I have to say, unlike most of my bottles once opened this one didn't hang around long long. Very easy drinking.

    Ralphy's done a review which you can find on http://www.ralfy.com or search for it on youtube. 

    You can also look up the exact components of this Blended Malt and download the PDF from Compass Box. Apparently they fell out with the Scotch Whisky Association for this. Come on SWA, honestly...

    89pts from me

  47. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I had taken a whole bottle of time. Often he liked me, but not always, because he just did not want to let himself get involved. My first good MixWhisky, a bit expensive.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An excellent blend. World class stuff from CB. 
    • Nose
      Complex. Vanilla, honey, dexterous smoke, waxiness, pear. Excellent. 
    • Taste
      Rich, sweet delivery. Honey with deft and subtle peat, pear, and vanilla. 
    • Finish
      Richness on the finish. Sweet smoke, honey, and ramping spices. 

  49. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    He's really fun! At some point, however, the Caol Ila rating becomes too strong for me. I just do not like the distillery ....
    • Nose
      Sweet slightly burnt chewing gum, wood smoke, lemon zest, maritime and mineral painted
    • Taste
      Peppery and creamy at the same time, again mainly citrus fruits with a nice tropical touch
    • Finish
      All previous impressions play beautifully together and say goodbye slowly, getting slightly dry

  50. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Correct blend. Caol Ila is stabile base, but sometimes I feel the Clynelish (and the others) is over tenderize it?!
    • Nose
      Waxy apples, cinnamon, smoke and peat, salty sea air and herbals
    • Taste
      Oily, warm, fruity: especially raspberry, smoke
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, smoky

  51. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    An excellent blend. Long and rewarding in the finish!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  52. Avdboom scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  53. 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.

  54. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    On Fire
    About three years ago I tried the Flaming Heart from Compass Box, a blended malt that is composed with care by John Glaser and his team. This 5th edition was released to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Flaming Heart. This version is 38.5% 14 years old Caol Ila, 27.1% 30 years old Caol Ila and 24.1% 20 years old Clynelish. The remaining 10.3% is a vatting of 7 years old Clynelish/Teaninich/Dailuaine that was left to marry on French oak for an additional two years. The SWA was not amused when Compass Box revealed the exact composition, which I found rather weird. I would say knowing exactly what is in the bottle is a good thing.

    Wonderfully round and succulent nose in which the older Caol Ila immediately puts its foot down: yellow apples and almond paste supported by a salty touch. Some soot, candy floss and chocolate. The waxiness that we might expect from Clynelish does not disappoint. This is a very, very good nose, that invites you to sniff it for ages.

    Great mouthfeel, nicely creamy. Immediately a big development of smoke with a nice spiciness. Salt and pepper, but also mint. No, make that eucalyptus. Wonderful. Then the apples kick in. A bit leathery. Coffee? Nice indeed. Some citrus emerges. Very peaty now. More than the nose made me expect.

    The finish is wonderfully long, spicy with a grand medicinal finale. Leaves the mouth completely dry.

    Yes, this is the kind of whisky that puts my heart on fire. But then, the largest part is two of my favorite whisky’s: Coal Ila and Clynelish (which is also why I loved the Eleuthera). This was destined to be absolutely fabulous.

  55. 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

  56. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  57. skratte scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  58. skratte scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    3/5
    • Nose
      sweet, ginger, dried fruits, spices, slightly peated
    • Taste
      light sweet, spicy, dusty
    • Finish
      medium long, dry, round and balanced, sweet, peaty

  59. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Peaty and smoky nose, reminiscent of a molasses rum by its greedy side. There is also almond, iodine and a hint of citrus. Attack dominated by peat and smoke, orange, a hint of greenery, rather thick texture. Finale of medium length on peat. A good product but worth it's price?

  60. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW The 2015 version of Flaming Heart roams the same peat and smoky trails as its predecessors. With the experience of the past, however, it shows us this blended malt in an even more nuanced and more complex, even peat has raised its level of play. Not to be outdone, the notes of herbaceous, spicy, floral and fruity have also increased enormously. Profile: impressive finesse. Fresh fruits (pear, apple) are associated with the smoke of a cigar. Agave and turmeric notes. Color: gold supported. Nose: fine, slender. Like a stone's throw, peat and smoke project the aromatic palette far and wide. The trails followed by the nose are full of citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit), herbaceous notes (straw, cut hay), ashes, spices (nutmeg, cloves), heady flowers (lily, iris) and flowers. salt. This set is impressive finesse. We think of the best Caol Ila. Palate: rich, unctuous. Much less arid than the nose, it even shows smoothness. Fresh fruits (pear, apple) release their delicious and intoxicating juice. Then, in the middle of the mouth, the smoke of a cigar brings us back to solar territory. Grains of sand and salt infiltrate through earthy (peat) notes. Root (ginger), it is more and more spicy (white pepper, ginseng). Final: long, caressing. From yellow tones to shades of gray (slate), it shows an unshakable minerality and firmness. Notes of agave and turmeric further accentuate this feeling of fullness. The retro-olfaction brings with it a marine breeze carrying iodine. The empty glass is heady and focused on peat, smoke and candied fruits (lemon, walnut).

  61. Falnor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It's very
    oily and thick, some wax and that's just great. Citrus fruit with a pinch of
    salt. It gives a nice coastal aspect. Spices like some mint and peper.
    • Nose
      Soft and
      mature smoke. Not this young and sharp Islay
      that widely available nowadays. It's more like the old highlanders like '70
      glen garioch or Brora. (*** the B word sets the bar very high!!)

      All kinds
      of nice things next to the peaty/ ash. Waxy notes, dried fruits and oil. A
      great nose.
    • Taste
      It's very
      oily and thick, some wax and that's just great. Citrus fruit with a pinch of
      salt. It gives a nice coastal aspect. Spices like some mint and peper.
    • Finish
      The finish is warm, smoky and still remains not too close too Caol Ila because of the nice Clynelish in it.

  62. tymiek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  63. p4blo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This blended malt seems younger than its components due to the spiciness all over it. I expected much more complexity and tasted side by side with the new Lagavulin 8, I would definitely go for the much lower priced one.
    • Nose
      Soft, mineral Caol Ila smoke comes first. After a while the sweetness of orchard fruits starts shining through, then white sugar, vanilla, porridge, oranges and limes come. A hint of dust revealing some old ingredients in the mix.
    • Taste
      Very sweet with candy floss, white sugar, pears, apples, lemons and tons of spices - strong taste of freshly ground pepper and ginger. A little ash.
    • Finish
      Medium long, initially a strike of wood, then creamy sweetness of caramel spiced up with pepper is at play.

  64. joep scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  65. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Stunning by its refined complexity, making up for endless variations around a main theme of elegant, champagne-like sourness. 
    • Nose
      You've got Islay's most elegant mingling with Highland's freshest. The balance between freshness and generosity is spot on, as well as the smoke/fruit equilibrium. Perfect. Now let's dissect what perfect means : the freshly squeezed orange juice hits first. Almost like waxy mandarins. Then you're in between all things juicy and acidic : physalis, lemon balm, plenty of green and waxy leaves lying on humid bark, sloeberry, even some pineapple and rhubarb coming. This already very fruity side developps into something yet more generous : slightly unripe raspberries, blueberry muffin, almond milk and orange blossom. Then we're going on the greener side :peppermint and eucalyptus for sure, with a spicy trio on basil-thyme-caraway. Slightly chalky and definitely ashy, but the most elegant ashes you can imagine. Meadow grasses, forest mosses, and sea salt. Highland and Islay both have equal rights to speak here, and that's simply s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g so far.
    • Taste
      Shooting a blast of black pepper, sooty leather and juicy limes from afar, piercing your tongue like butter ! I actually found it really sharp and pungeant at first sip … almost to a fault, because it seemed to hide the underlying complexity. BUT this whisky is another reminder that you should take plenty of time to explore a whisky. After the first two or three sips that numbed my palate a bit, everything came out much more clearly and made perfect sense : truckloads of pine needles(and I mean really a lot), big grapefruit, and the green leaves dare to open now : huge peppermint, eucalyptus, aloe vera … then maybe a bit more medicinal on ashy menthol and sandalwood. And even the initial fruitiness strikes back ! Briny blackcurrant crème, cranberries ! Salted pineapple ! Grilled almonds !
    • Finish
      When you actually think at first that it's shy, it's actually veeery long lasting and more Islay-driven I must say : Iodine and blue stone gravel, eucalyptus, sooty lime-flavoured candies, and a pleasant sourness on … wut, red onions ? Why not ! Fresh walnut and mascarpone, and then leaves you on everlasting green tea for a good 20 minutes. Perfect balance is found again.

  66. q-runa scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  67. ScottFrench 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 ...

  68. Shane_IL scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at Malt Mongers Israel whisky club monthly meetup.Simply fantastic. A real adventure for the tastebuds with a lovely play between the peat and delicate highland notes as well as the older and younger spirit, all beautifully married together. 
    • Nose
      Mineral peat. Candy floss. Orange peel. Generic sour berries. Glazed meat. Char.
    • Taste
      Chewy peat. Smoked meat. Allspice. Bitter citrus. Potpourri. Leather. 
    • Finish
      Long. Creamy. Leather. Peat. Citrus flowers. 

  69. Zumbar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  70. mothers_finest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Smoke on the nose, sweet, orange, light bitterness, orange peel? Sweet on the palate, vanilla, smoke (but not obtrusive) mouth-filling, candied fruit, some oak, pepper. The finish is long, peppery, a bit bitter, paired with a pleasant sweetness. Balanced very well, comparatively light for almost 50% vol, goes without water - but is sweeter with ... Reminded me a bit of the Coal Ila 25 - and Coal Ila is also for the most part in it. Good blend, but the proud price!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  71. Rob77 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Given all of the hype surrouding this bottling, I am disappointed. The whisky feels unbalanced and definitely lacks some sweetness to round out the extremely dry/bitter palate and finish. The casks that went into this must have been all 2nd or 3rd fill- it would have benefited from the extra richness that 1st fill casks would have provided.

  72. RolfvanderSteen scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla, nutmeg, fresh baked bread, followed by notes of peat and pork
    • Taste
      white grapes, cinnamon, pepper, peat and smoke and burned wood
    • Finish
      long, soft, full flavors of oak, tobacco and peat

  73. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A very good dram, in my opinion even better than the “This is Not a Luxury Whisky” as this one is a bit more expressive and assertive. The Coal Ila shines in this one. It’s got a good balance in all the aromas and flavours, next to that it has oomph.

    So yeah, there you have it! Yet another great creation from the Compass Box showing their craftsmanship. Nice work!

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-367-flaming-heart-5th-edition/
    • Nose
      A rich, creamy and balanced whisky with aromas of subtle peat, creamy some, malt, cereals, oak, floral tones (dried flowers) hay, heather honey, laurel, star anise (quite subtle), cedar wood, citrus, vanilla, waxy tones, dried fruits, candied lemon, backed apple, subtle seaweed, ash and nuts (mainly almond).
    • Taste
      A rich, powerful and balanced whisky with aromas of pepper, tannins, creamy smoke, earthy peat (dryish), mineral tones (flint and chalk), licorice root, laurel, grains, hint of eucalyptus, salty, Manuka honey, honeycomb, backed apple, sandalwood, cinnamon, green walnuts, ash, a metallic tone and dry oak.
    • Finish
      A long and slightly drying finish with aromas of salt, medicinal tones (but very restrained), licorice root, oak, grapefruit peels, honey, brown sugar, pepper, anise seeds and bitter tannins.

  74. Opeth83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Yep, once again tasted a lot of glass and this really convinced me. What a delicious whiskey, feels very mature. 89pt
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  75. JimmyLeg did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Ralfy's review:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMzEFBEwbeY

  76. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Following on from the fabulous Lagavulin 12 [15th release] WB, this is decidedly fruity and peaty also with a brilliant sweet-fresh, herbal, oily umami - UMAMI on the nose!! 
    T: Aromatic, peat-malt surge, peppery, sweet-sour herbal, waxy-oily and not far off a Lagavulin profile too - but then it is nigh on impossible to decipher between Lagavulin and Caol Ila when it comes to detection in blends.
    F: The peat lingers with a little herbal, fennel and chocolate
    C: This consists of things i like and the result is just as good as it reads on paper. A brilliantly inspired combo and very well blended.

    Scores a B+ [89]

  77. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  78. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The whisky is very nice no question but after that incredibly nice nose it is quite disappointing what it is following as the level of quality cannot be kept through the full process of drinking that whisky. Nevertheless you have a dram that is fully worth its money (120€). I can fully recommend it!
    • Nose
      Probably the best balanced nose I have ever had. Like sitting in a beach chair in a cold autumn afternoon and looking at the ocean. Salty herbs and smoke. Not much more but there is no need for more.
    • Taste
      Very nice taste I also have now tastes of barbecue sauce in my mouth. Nevertheless some bitterness as it seems that the young Clynelish shows up smoothly :-)
    • Finish
      The finish is nice but bitter and wooden.

  79. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Simply a very well-made whisky, although I would be curious to see what this would've been like with a higher percentage of Clynelish, because I find the Caol Ila pretty dominant.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, citrus and herbs with candle wax and salty oysters, covered in a layer of campfire smoke. Some black tea, varnish and polished leather. Probably about as well-integrated as can be.
    • Taste
      Wood smoke, salty seaweed and a thin layer of beeswax. More vanilla, but also baked banana. Has more of an edge to it than the nose. Smokier and spicier, but still very well-balanced. Caol Ila is certainly the most dominant spirit.
    • Finish
      Ashy, a tad dry (nitpicking here), with red apple and wax.

  80. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 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.

  81. Peter87 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  82. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    n:coastal,mineral,citrusy,herbs..
    m:crispy,coatal ,saline,citrus,sophisticated smoke,nutty,almonds,subtle wax
    with water some fruits mostly apples and pears are added though the whole profile gets a bit thin
    f:long enough with a nice freshness

    an undeniable perfectly created dram but its a bit too Caol Ila for me... I like it, but  i miss the really nice intergration with Clynelish which was the reason we loved the earlier versions i think... and here Clynelish was given a third role..as far as the final result is concerned...just a pesonal feeling though...maybe because I expected more from my favourite blending company..

  83. chubble did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Serge says:

    Flaming Heart ‘5th Edition’ (48.9%, Compass Box, blended malt, 2015)  The 4th Edition in 2012 really impressed me (WF 91). Some say CB have upped their game, which I find rather impossible. Colour: pale gold. Nose: starts Caol-Ila-ish – not saying there’s Caol Ila inside – and stays on that for a wee while, and just when you’re thinking ‘just very fine’ it starts to take off, with bandage-y touches, seaweed, certainly quite some eucalyptus in July, some hay in August, some mint flowers in September, and some fresh almonds. When do almonds become ripe again? Love these subtleties that one usually rather finds in old bottles of peaters, such as 1960s Laphroaigs or Caol Ilas. Impressed. Mouth: a little firmer and rawer – but it isn’t raw whisky – with this eucalyptus again, apple peelings, fresh walnuts (that’s around now in Alsace), and quite some ashes. Plus a touch of salt and gentian. We’ll have to peat-smoke gentian one day. Finish: medium, clean and fresh, and rather medicinal, while the citrusy part comes to the front. Grapefruits. A sweet in the aftertaste (your choice of flavour). Comments: I was sure this couldn’t be better than batch #4. There! SGP:546 - 91 points.

  84. 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

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