On Alcohol Professor, it’s a celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of my favorite scotches. Monster of the Moors takes us on a journey through every version of Compass Box Peat Monster, from its genesis as a special request for a single liquor store to its position now as the flagship whiskey of the small but much respected Compass Box.
In 2004, scotch whisky mad scientist John Glaser created a monster of his own from the murky peat bogs of misty Scotland. At the behest of the proprietors of Manhattan’s Park Ave. Liquors, one of the world’s premier whisky shops, Glaser’s Compass Box — already garnering international renown for their masterly blended malts — created a Monster. Or rather, The Monster – a peaty blended malt made from Caol Ila and Ardmore whiskies and bottled at 54.9% ABV. Unlike Swamp Thing, who would strike fear in the hearts of all who encountered him, the Compass Box Monster was a welcome arrival, even if encountered late on a moonless night whilst unwisely hiking across the moors. Especially then, I imagine.