I always found the old one to be peaty, but rather one dimensional.
This new one is a 'new recipe' and much more complex with a greater depth of flavours.
So let me just say that of all the "light" whiskies i've tried in my whisky life, the bottle of Asyla I was given for Easter is most impressive, up there with the best as far as "aperitif" malts go(though of course this is a malt/grain "blend!"). Lovely nose, full of flavours and a long finish. A worthy alternative to Glenmorangie 10, glenfiddich 15, Dalwhinnie 15 etc...reminds me a little of Penderyn, but lighter. Just as enjoyable.
A real eye-opener which "punches above its weight" as Michael Jackson might have said...
Next week IÂ´m going to taste The Spice tree and Hedonism.
I find the Eleuthera better than the Flaming Hearth. The Juveniles is very nice but I prefer the peaty flavours of the others.
Personally, I preferred the Eleuthera.
Eleuthera, Oak Cross & Peat Monster versions 1 & 2 are the only CBs I have tried.
My preference from these is Eleuthera.
84 V Compass Box Eleuthera (46%, OB, 2006) Mouth: Sweet malt and peat, a bit of pepper, shy, but with character. Mouth: Sweet and first, and then a rush of Coal Ila dry olivey peat. Sweetness again. Finish. Sweet, then dry, and sweet again. Long. A vatting of, and for, many moods. A whisky that that has something to say, and says it with style from beginning to end.
79 V Compass Box Magic Cask Limited Edition (46%, OB, Clynleish & Linkwood, for Canada) August 22, 2007. I am having a hard time describing this one. No one flavor jumps out. I do get a nice hit of maltyness on the palate, and the finish ends with a good deal of spices, and is fairly long for such a smooth, drinkable whisky. A bit of ozone, maritime on the nose, and I get this at times on the mouth. I like this, actually, even if I am having a rough time figuring it out. I will try to save the last half of this sample for another tasting, on another day. Score? High average, maybe just below recommendable. Yet, I do like it.
77 V Compass Box Peat Monster (46%, OB, circa 2006) December 22, 2006. The last night of Hanukah. Had one of my most productive days in mouths; finished an article, wrote a ton on other articles, ect. It felt good to be alive all day. When I got home, got two packages of a total of 12 samples. Ahhh. Got this as a sample from Luis Perlman. My second Compass Box. Wow, what a nose. The peat is rich and sweet. The mouth is like a funky Caol Ila. Not a great description. Caol Ila and a bit of sour something; I wish my palate was more refined. Nose beats mouth, finish is fine.
83 V Compass Box Peat Monster (46%, OB 2007) August 28th, 2007. My mom bought me this bottle while she was here; this and a Bowmore 17 for my 42nd B day. Thanks mom! Not sure this is that much different than last year's, if the sample I had was a bit stale, or if I just like this profile more now. However, the sour taste that I noted the last time is not at all present here. The mouth is a really nice balance between sweet and peaty. Maybe it does not have the greatest body in the world, but it is really tasty. Going out of order, but how is taking notes, the nose is very similar. The finish is medium length, satisfying. Overall, I would say this a medium peaty whisky, about as intense as I want to go for a 90 degree day after an hour and a half bike work out. I dig it though.
Being a fan of "monsters" - CS Islays, Taliskers, Sherry bombs, oaky old speysiders etc,I find the Asyla outstanding in its class(up to 1300cc in motor racing parlance!)
To me it's better than JW Gold, Macallan FO10, anything by Grouse , standard glenfiddich...as good as Monkey shoulder...possibly the best blend i've tasted asnd as good as many "enjoyable" lighter malts.
I'm repeating myself!
I had samples of 3 or 4 at the Philadelphia Whisky Festival in 2006, but don't remember them too well (although my scribblings indicate that I liked Oak Cross the best).
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