Compass Box Flaming Heart

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.