Monday, 17 September 2018

Compass Box Delilah XXV Review

Hi everyone,

Allow me to be lazy on this one because it’s a CB release and that means percentage proportions of what’s in it:

29% Original Delilah recipe: Of which 48% older Cameronbridge, 40% older Teaninich & 12% Glen Elgin aged for an additional five years after the first Delilah release
10.5% More Cameronbridge from 1st fill Bourbon
10.5% Miltonduff from 1st fill Bourbon
20% Teaninich from 1st fill Sherry
15% Mystery Malt from town of Aberlour (Glenfarclas perhaps?) from 1st fill Sherry
15% Linkwood from 1st fill Sherry

This was released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Delilah punk rock whisky bar and I tasted it at the Stoke whisky festival earlier this year.
 
Compass Box Delilah XXV 46%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Malt hits first, wild strawberry, biscuit, very creamy, orange citrus, creamy vanilla, the grain comes out more with time.
Taste: Strawberry hit, very creamy, malt, biscuit, some heather and chocolate, some spice and oak, gingerbread, vanilla, a little grain whisky into the finish.
Finish: Medium length. More of the same. Orange, chocolate, heather and lots of malt.
A nice one from CB, middle of the road really. No peat, no Clynelish, just a pleasing whisky for all. I’ve said it before but I’m a big sucker for strawberry in whisky and this is no different. Good stuff.
75/100

Thanks for reading!

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Whisky Network Review #790

Network Average: 75.0
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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