I’m a pretty lucky guy in many, many ways.
One of those being that I normally get to taste the Compass Box releases quite early if I am so inclined. I dimly remembered some talk about this one and saw it pop up recently at a festival I was at.
The bottle is cool. Nice white wax on the top and a bell underneath, because we love a little bit of a joker under the surface. But what about the whisky?
Well, with a little bit of research I found the recipe and, amazingly, its only 30% Clynelish!
34% Strathmill (Hogshead)
34% Balmenach (Hogshead)
30% Clynelish (20% Recharred barrel, 10% refill Sherry)
2% Glendullan (1st fill Sherry)
Compass Box Juveniles 46%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Light and creamy, vanilla and white chocolate, some malt backing it up, lemon peel and icing sugar. Silky soft nose.
Taste: Malt first, more powerful than the nose let on, then creamy white chocolate, ethereal oils and leather then into the finish. The oak seems a little out of place though.
Finish: Medium length. Oily. Red apple, silky and soft but a tad dry.
2018 release. Young but good. Mainly about the mouthfeel and balance as the actual flavour is pretty average.
Thanks for reading!
Scotch Review #695
Whisky Network Review #829
Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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