Friday 22 December 2017

Compass Box Double Single & TINALW Reviews

Hi everyone,

Two more Compass Box’s today.
The first is a cool little whisky I’ve heard about but never really seen in the UK. It’s the Double Single, which means that it is a combination of one single malt and one single grain. This technically qualifies it to be a blended whisky, but it’s an interesting angle.
And then, the one I’ve been meaning to try for ages. TINALW. Which is another nonsensical name based on the art/whisky thing. Cool designs on both though. Love the CB packaging, even if the whiskies don’t always match the (high) expectations.

Compass Box Double Single 46%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Really very good. Lovely ripe apple, some spice, some oak, light and ethereal, oily, something elusive that keeps you looking. Green apple, orange and white chocolate.
Taste: Red apple, oily, slightly waxy, nice level of oak, lightly peppery, chilli infused olive oil.
Finish: Medium length. Lightly peppery, black pepper.
So this is 72% Glen Elgin from recharred Hogsheads and 28% Girvan from recharred Bourbon barrels. Lovely but lacks complexity on the palate. This stuff is expensive though, expect to pay £150.

Compass Box This is Not a Luxury Whisky 53.1%
Colour: Amber
Body: Full
Nose: Complex, funky and floral. Fresh, fig, ripe cherry, pollen, rose petal, geranium, raspberry.
Water: Lighter and more ethereal.
Taste: Rich and intense. Ripe or slightly under ripe cherry, building oak, some spice, red apple, ginger and white pepper, green apple and wax, some salt.
Water: More balance and more cherry.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Chewy, more sour cherry, red apple and oak.
79% Sherry butt Glen Ord, 10.1% Strathclyde, 6.9% Girvan and 4% Caol Ila. A bit better with water, but I ended up being a bit disappointed with this. Especially with price factored in, I was expecting more (something I get a lot with CB).

Thanks for reading!

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Worst Score: 22
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