No Name: Concept.
Compass Box recently acquired a parcel of casks of mature, heavy-peated single malt whisky from a distillery located along Pier Road, in the Southeast of the island of Islay. This was a parcel of American oak barrels filled with massively peaty malt whisky — tarry and full of bonfire-like smokiness.
To the chaps at Compass Box, this was whisky crying out to be tamed and shaped into a very special Compass Box limited edition. For this Blended Malt Scotch Whisky — their peatiest whisky yet — they have decided on No Name.
We’ll let the whisky speak for itself
Even peatier than ‘The Peat Monster’, this whisky is massive in terms of intensity and complexity of flavour. It is brimming with multifaceted peatiness yet tempered with hints of fruit character and an underlying sweetness.
The recipe is primarily sourced from the Pier Road distillery. The tempering single malt is from the Islay distillery in Port Askaig, with its more elegant, restrained peaty malt whisky. To add dimension, fruit character and an ethereal element, Compass Box have added a small portion of malt whisky from a much-loved distillery in the Northern Highlands village of Brora. They finished things off with just a touch of malt whisky finished in French oak, providing a lovely underlying sweetness and richness.
A bonfire-like smokiness on the nose with a peatiness that is by turns tarry and medicinal with hints of autumn leaves. A powerful smokiness and peatiness follow, accented by hints of ripe cherries, plums and spice.