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The Arcana of Whiskymaking: Revealing a New Limited Edition

Rounding off our 20th anniversary limited edition releases is, Peat Monster Arcana. The first Compass Box creation to include peated whiskies experimentally matured in French oak.

An adventure into the arcane

Sometimes whiskymaking means asking questions and seeing where the answers take you. What would happen if a cask strength version of The Peat Monster was further matured for years in French oak custom casks? It was a mystery too tempting to leave unexplored, and we’re glad we embarked on the experiment as the results revealed a whole new side to this charismatic whisky.

Building the beast

Ten per cent of Peat Monster Arcana is the richly spicy, more subtly smoky version of The Peat Monster that emerged from the French oak custom casks. Malt whisky from the Talisker Distillery makes up the majority with notes of honey, green apple and log fire embers. Then there’s malt whisky from the Ardbeg Distillery, boosting the tarry and chocolatey smoke profile, perfectly extending the rich toasty notes of the French oak. To complete the recipe, sweet and citrusy malt whisky from the Miltonduff Distillery heightens the creaminess and perfume.

How to bring out the monster

Serve Peat Monster Arcana neat and you’ll experience the interplay of spice and dry peat at its most intense. Adding a little water teases out greater oak sweetness and orchard fruitiness, while mixing it in a highball will emphasise its waxy texture. A whisky that certainly rewards repeat investigation.

Discover more

Join our Founder John Glaser for a live interactive tasting dedicated to this new limited edition on 22nd November 2020 at 8pm (GMT).

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