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A Limited Edition Experiment in Oak and Smoke

In continuing to honour its 20th anniversary year, Compass Box announces the release of Peat Monster Arcana this month, their official birthday month. Peat Monster Arcana is the result of a long-running experiment into the secrets and mysteries of oak and smoke. A cask strength version of The Peat Monster was further matured in three French oak custom casks for more than two years; it was then blended with malt whiskies from the Talisker, Miltonduff and Ardbeg Distilleries in order to complement the richly spicy and more subtly smoky profile that developed.

“We have been experimenting with French oak since the early days of our company,” says Compass Box Founder and Whiskymaker John Glaser. “Peat Monster Arcana is the first Compass Box to feature smoky whiskies matured in French oak. We’re delighted to be able to build on this experiment in our 20th anniversary year and we hope dedicated fans of The Peat Monster discover a new side to this charismatic whisky.”

Available globally this month, Peat Monster Arcana joins limited edition releases Hedonism Felicitas and Rogues’ Banquet to celebrate the anniversary. James Saxon, lead whiskymaker for Peat Monster Arcana says: “It is a truly delicious release and one that has taught us so much about the influence of French oak. Of course, there will always be further mysteries to explore.”

ABV and Price: 46% ABV;  750ml $95;  70cl £75.00; 8,328 bottles produced globally, including the UK

Peat Monster Arcana Tasting Notes: Chocolate, cinnamon, and boat tar appear on the nose while the palate is fruity and compellingly waxy. A dry smoky presence steadily builds. 

Technical Details: Bottled at 46%. Natural colour. Not chill-filtered. Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.

Serving Recommendations: Peat Monster Arcana rewards experimentation. Explore how the addition of water or soda reveals new textures or discover how its sweet smokiness reacts with creamy blue cheeses.

John Glaser will host a Virtual Tasting of Peat Monster Arcana to talk about the past, present and future of Compass Box on Sunday, 22nd November at 20:00 GMT. Link: – open to all who would like to attend. 

For information about Compass Box, please visit or follow @CompassBoxWhiskyCo on Instagram.

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