Pax Valentino: Flaming Heart

Pax Arcana

compass_box_flamingheart.jpgThe cuddly and sanguine Mrs. Pax Arcana knows the way to her man’s heart is through his blood stream. While she had to settle for 20 white tulips and another small gift — which DHL has not seen fit to deliver yet — I was rewarded this Valentine’s Day with a bottle of Compass Box Flaming Heart scotch.

I’ve written about the unique Compass Box distillery before. I have bottles of the now-discontinued Eleuthera and high-minded Asyla in the liquor cabinet (next to a bottle of Glen Moray that seems embarrassed in the presence of such glory).

This is actually the second iteration of Flaming Heart — which derives its name from an M. Ward song. The first batch was only sold in the European market, and was such a hit that Compass Box brought it back for another go. I only tried a small taste sample last night, but I’ve already sent Flaming Heart straight to the top quadrant of the official Pax Arcana scotch pyramid. There it shares space in the pantheon with Highland Park and The Macallan 12.

We’re not good at writing scotch descriptions 12 hours after our last taste, so instead I’ll reprint what the editor-in-chief of Malt Advocate had to say about it:

Balanced Islay whiskies combine peat smoke characteristics with a sweet foundation. They’re not one-dimensionally smoky. This whisky is an excellent example. This is a peat-laden whisky with refinement and grace. Creamy vanilla, caramel, and honey harmoniously marry with persistent—yet controlled—peat smoke. Crisp spice notes and dancing fruit throughout add complexity. Well done.

Well done, indeed.

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8 responses to “Pax Valentino: Flaming Heart

  1. fatherscott

    Booze snob. Father Scott endorses two drinks: Bud and Jack + Dr. Pepper (Coke is an acceptable substitute…Ginger ale if you’re desperate).

  2. Perry Ellis

    Pax, we need to get this kid some help STAT. I propose a dinner and tasting ASAP, before he dies from a Kraft Mac & Cheese/Jack & Dr. Pepper overdose.

    BTW, Jack & Dr. Pepper, Padre? Seriously? Too gross for words.

  3. You’ll come around. One day you’ll be sitting on your front porch on your milk crate in your overalls, drinking Budweiser and it will hit you — man, this tastes like lightly-flavored water. I want something with some taste. Then you’ll turn 30 and your stomach will start rejecting any alcohol/Dr. Pepper combination out of hand (when I was in my early 20s, my friends and I had a little bout with Everclear + Dr. Pepper until one of us threw up green slime in the bushes), and you’ll think, God, there’s got to be something with some flavor and complexity that I can sip while watching sharks fight zombies underwater.

    You will come around, my young friend.

  4. And instead of Bud, I suggest Miller High Life. It’s really not a bad beer, by my reckoning. Perry Ellis will suggest Ballantine’s as a huge step up in flavor at the same price point.

  5. fatherscott

    Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it Perry. It’s the perfect drink. Well, it can go disastrously wrong if you don’t mix it right, your best bet is two ice cubes in a glass slightly smaller than a pint glass, an eight-count of jack, and the rest dr. pr. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    …and I didn’t have mac and cheese yesterday. I warmed up spaghetti I cooked two days ago. Delectable.

  6. fallen angel

    even fatherscott is a snob.

    natty ice, pbr, and coors light is all i need.

  7. Perry Ellis

    FA, give the Ballantine a shot. As noted by Pax, it’s about six bucks for six-pack of tallboys and it actually tastes like beer. PBR’s good too, but all light beer is a crime against nature and unholy in the eyes of god.

  8. I always wondered what went wrong with you, FA. I guess that answers that.

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