Whisky Label of the Year
While I've decided to get out of the "Whisky of the Year" judging business (because, believe me, it is a business no matter how "independent" the critic), I have no problem with quirky designations like this one. This should be a unanimous decision among all whisky drinkers: what bottle has a better label than this year's Compass Box Peat Monster 10th Anniversary? Not only is the bottle amazing (the label was designed by a Texan artist for John Glaser), the whisky inside of it is pretty stellar as well. Made from a large percentage of older Laphroaig and Ardmore casks, with a bit of Clynelish and Spice Tree married in for good measure, this was a big hit with the K&L staff. Our Spanish buyer Joe Manekin still comes in every Monday morning talking about how he hit the Peat Monster bottle again over the weekend.
This was one of my personal favorites this year as well. What a cool job John Glaser has. And boy is he good at it. I like that he takes the time to make a beautiful bottle as well because anyone who thinks aesthetics don't matter with whisky should come work the sales floor with me for a day.
We just got another batch of this in stock at a bit of a better price than last time if you're interested.