The Flaming Heart originated from the idea of combining unpeated whisky from French Oak casks with the peat smoke of an Islay malt. Over the years there have been a couple of editions of the Flaming Heart. I was able to put the 5th edition released in 2015 and the 6th edition released in 2018 side by side.
Flaming Heart 5th Edition | 48.9% ABV | Bottled 2015
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: A nice amount of smoke but not too in your face. It’s accompanied by a waxy note, mustard seeds and a lemon custard.
Palate: Quite salty smoke that builds op exceptionally well in the mouth. A touch of a medicinal note, mint and lemons. A very clean cut, clear, straight to the point, no nonsense experience, which I enjoy if it’s executed as well as here.
Finish: A long finish of honeyed smoke
The balance of the smoke with the sweet honey and sour lemons is remarkable. Great stuff here.
Flaming Heart 6th Edition | 48.9% ABV | Bottled 2018
Colour: Light gold, ever so slightly lighter than the 5th edition.
Nose: A beehive that’s on fire. The smoke from the Caol Ila intertwines beautifully with the Clynelish. Seaweed and salt, but there’s also a slight sherry sweetness which isn’t in the 5th edition.
Palate: A strong smoke here, moreso than on the nose. Lemons, vanilla and caramel. Some butterscotch notes and those little Werther’s Original candies.
Finish: A long finish with smoke turning salty, drying the mouth.
It’s got a bit more going on, mainly due to the influence of the sherry casks. Because of that’s it’s just a smidgen less focussed than the 5th edition. Still a great blend.