For a long time blended Scotch has been the ugly monster under the bed compared to the more fashionable and refined single malt but things have been changing recently. These days, a lot of blended Scotch is getting its moment in the sun like this Compass Box The Peat Monster 2012. Founded in 2000 by John Glaser, Compass Box has been pushing the boundaries of Scotch Whisky blending for over 20 years. This blend is made up of peated Islay whiskies from Laphroaig and Caol Ila, as well as Ledaig and Ardmore single malts. There’s also a touch of French oak-aged Highland whisky to tame the peat. The nose is slightly floral with hints of grapefruit and citrus alongside toffee, vanilla and salted caramel. A wisp of smoke surrounds the other aromas. The palate has a stronger smoky quality with sweet wood, peat, bitter dark chocolate and a herbal note. The finish has toffee disappearing into a curtain of smoke and peat.