Compass Box Oak Cross

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9045
Blend-Scotch
Scotland
Blended Malt Whisky
43%
0.7 l
Compass Box
american Oak Casks and teilweise Finish in Hogsheads from French and amerikanischer oak
Chill filtration - WithoutArtifical colouring - Without
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19. Jul 2020
Nosing: ApplePearFloral
Fruity, apple and pear. A little waxy. Overall quite sweet. Crisp and clean, almost floral. Not too much vanilla which is unusual for this style of nose, a little butteriness though.

Taste: FruitOak
Sweet arrival. Mixed fresh fruit flavours. Wood spice builds over time, but doesn't ever get really spicy. The waxy note from the nose is still there.

Finish: FruitApplePepper
Long. A resurgence of fruit flavours which dies off and gives way to drying oak. Black pepper spice. Apple peel predominant.

Comment:
I always go into tasting new malts blind of other reviews, so I was quite happy to see that a good chunk of this blend comes from Clynelish which would go towards explaining that waxiness. For the money, this is a very decent blend. By comparison to things you'd find at a supermarket, it knocks most of them out of the water for a comparable price. For my tastes though, it lacks a bit of punch, maybe something a step up to 46-48 ABV might have fixed. Still though, it's the sort of thing I'd consider as a very nice lighter summer malt.

83/100
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