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Compass Box The Peat Monster Reserve 1.5 Litre

Lot: 6136049

Compass Box The Peat Monster Reserve 1.5 Litre

Winning Bid: £360

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Compass Box The Peat Monster Reserve 1.5 Litre

Despite brands like Ballantine’s, Johnnie Walker and Chivas Regal remaining the best-selling Scotch whisky brands in the world, the blended Scotch category played second fiddle to the more fashionable single malt market in the second half of the 20th century. This remains largely true today, however in recent decades the perception of the blend has improved. The company at the forefront of this is Compass Box, founded in 2000 by John Glaser, a former marketing director for the Johnnie Walker brand. Their core range consists of The Spice Tree, The Peat Monster, Story of the Spaniard, Oak Cross and Hedonism blends, and they regularly produce limited editions as well. The company prides itself on its boundary-pushing approach to its creations, and on occasion, boundary-crossing creations, such as the original Spice Tree in 2005 which was banned by the Scotch Whisky Association for its use of suspended staves in casks. Despite investment from Bacardi in 2015, the company continues to push the envelope and rebel against tradition, most notably in its Scotch Whisky Transparency campaign, launched in 2016 following another disagreement with the SWA, this time about their detailed revealing of the recipes of their whiskies.

The Peat Monster was born out of a limited bottling titled simply, The Monster, that the company produced for the Park Avenue Liquor Shop in New York. Such was its popularity that The Peat Monster was rolled out as a permanent bottling in 2003.

Bottled in 2005, The Peat Monster Reserve was produced to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the blend, billed as peatier and smokier than the original, this was also bottled at a higher strength. Only 1325 bottles were available and only in these 1.5 and 1.75 litre magnums.

The original blend comprised peated Islay whiskies from Laphroaig and Caol Ila, along with Ledaig and Ardmore single malts, although the modern blend only contains Laphroaig and Caol Ila. The peat is balanced out by a small amount of Compass Box's Highland Malt blend (Teaninich, Clynelish and Dailuaine) and aged in French oak.


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