Top 20 Whiskies of 2020

#9 • Compass Box The Peat Monster

Compass Box peat monster bottle shot
  • Rank: 9
  • Year: 2020
  • Score: 93
  • Price: $65
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Blended Malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland

The much-beloved Peat Monster was recently given a new recipe designed to create greater depth and elegance. The peat influence, while still omnipresent, is now more subtle. On the nose it’s gentle and fragrant, wafting over candied citrus, lemon-frosted cake, and raspberry, along with classic peated undertones of charcoal and iodine. The palate is creamy in texture, with pleasant notes of brine, seashells, ashiness, and a floral peat influence that swirls gently around rich vanilla, tropical hints of lime, smoked meats, and generous spice. The finish offers bitter chocolate, lemon hard candy, and a bang of spice and smoke. —David Fleming