Distillery/Brand: Compass Box
Colour: Young Sauternes
Compass Box are known for their unusual flavor profiles and their magnificent packaging. Sometimes they fall short but mostly they hit it out of the park. And this one has home-run written all over it.
A marriage of three different single malts, aged in American and French oak this has possibly one of the most complex noses found on a blended whisky.
The smoky peat, black salt and diesel hits you first. The sweetness comes through next on the back of marzipans dipped in creamy chocolate syrup in a stew of apples with a drizzle of pineapple citrus. Finally a touch of cigar box and tamarind for that extra layer of complexity.
The silky smooth delivery is chocolate sweet with candied orange brittle held together by that wonderfully balanced peaty smoke.
The oily finish is as complex as the nose with woody cinnamon on sandalwood and something a smidge bitter.
I would love to know what went into making this gem!