It has been almost 6 years since I last tried The Peat Monster from Compass Box. In the meantime this vatted malt (oops, that must be blended malt now) is part of their so-called Signature Range. We know for sure that it contains Caol Ila and Ardmore – two malts that I quite fancy – so this will surely be to my liking.
Smoke, peat, banana and light brown sugar. That is the nose of this whisky in a nutshell. Well, with a big dose of alcohol in the mix, of course. Something milky shines through which I cannot remember from the previous batch. Coconut milk? I quite like it.
The arrival is fine. Mildly oily with the fruit first, but that is quickly swamped in maritime elements. Smoked fish, seaweeds, brackish notes. The pepper and mostly the cloves give it a spicy edge.
The finish is very long on liquorice and pepper.
I keep having difficulty with the name – for this is not a peat monster in my book – but certainly not with the whisky, for that is simply delicious.