Distilled by Multiple
Bottled by Compass Box
Type: Blended Malt
Color: Pale Gold
Arcana is the name of this special release of Compass Box’s standard Peat Monster bottling. It is comprised of Talisker, Ardbeg, Miltonduff and some cask strength Peat Monster. As with everything that Compass Box does, this is bottled without added coloring or chill filtration.
Palate: Medium weight and waxy mouthfeel that starts very sweet with a continuation of the nose‘s fresh citrus. There is citrus candy before transitioning to some maritime notes of salty sea spray and peppery spice.
Finish: Good length with more waxy character and notes of creamy milk chocolate, burnt sugar and barrel char before returning to vegetal, earthy peat and smoke which gives the finish its length.
Conclusion: The name “Monster” belies a certain aggressive potency that neither Arcana nor the standard Peat Monster have. But that’s not a bad thing. Like the standard release, Arcana is a more subtle beast with a range of layers and flavors that make for an interesting whisky that keeps you reaching for this bottle when you want a pour. If you can’t find the Arcana special release, I feel the standard Peat Monster is almost as good and worth a purchase.
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