Flaming Heart, Compass Box, 4th Edition

The entire whisky world seemed to be raving about this dram about a month or two ago. I never tried a Flaming Heart, I think, so I thought it was a good idea to order a sample from Master of Malt. Don’t you just love samples?

The idea behind a lot of the ‘standard’ Compass Box bottlings is that they showcase a certain aspect of whisky. This one focusses wood and charring. Peat Monster focuses on peat (duh!) and Oak Cross also focusses on wood, but in a different way.


Compass Box Flaming Heart at Master of Malt

Compass Box Flaming Heart

Slightly smoky with a fair dollop of wood flavours. Lots of toasted oak (I wrote this down before I looked up the cask composition). Some coffee, chocolate and wood spices. Very nice with a lot of wood without it becoming too dominant or astringent.

Not really sharp but there is a certain heat. Black pepper corns and wood, wood spices, tree bark and a hint of fruit in the background. There is a slight bitterness like in peach stones.

The finish is rather classic. Medium length, with peach stones, wood spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) and of course, toasted oak. Tree bark, barley, grist, chaff. I get a certain spiritiness at some point.

I’m not raving. I like it, but I am not swept away by the amount of flavours displayed. What it is supposed to do it does very, very well, but I’m just not a big fan of those big toasted oak flavours. Same goes for the Glenfiddich, for example. There should be a bit more and more varying flavour to really make me enthousiastic, I guess.

Still, a very good dram and if you really want to taste what cask charring does to a whisky, get this one instead of the Glenfiddich. It’s twice as expensive, but that’s worth it.

Compass Box Flaming Heart, 4th edition, 48.9%. Available at Master of Malt for € 82.15 and a sample sets you back € 6.80.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to Flaming Heart, Compass Box, 4th Edition

  1. duesseltaler says:

    I do not know the “Flaming Heart”, as I do not know many compass box bottlings.
    To be honest I only tried “The Last Vatted Malt” so far…but this one will not go out of my mind since.
    Have you tried it ?

    • I tried a few Compass Box bottlings 3 years ago, but not the Last Vatted Malt and such. Some are great, some not so much. The concept of most bottlings is something I really like, however, whether it tastes good or not.

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