A superb blend, with a hefty price tag
Reviewed by John Fegan on
If ever there was a blend to convince the malt snobs to reconsider this has to be it, utterly spectacular. While I wish I could say this was a £200 Brora it’s not quite that good, but still well worth a dram if not a bottle!
Nose: Floor polish, waxy, vanilla creaminess, cinnamon,
Palate: Blood oranges and grapefruit, cloves, cardamom, ash
Finish: long lingering oak and ashy peat with citrus notes
3 Year Old Deluxe
Produced by Compass Box
Average Price £200
A blend reminiscent of the tragically lost Brora distillery, amazingly balanced, the younger notes are all clearly absent (it turns out only 0.4% of the blend is 3 years old though we can’t currently learn more about the age of the remainder unless the call for transparency is successful – see above).
Compass Box Whisky: Three Year Old Deluxe
So this is compass box three-year-old deluxe limited-edition whiskey we are just now launching. We put a quotation on the back from Satchel Paige a classic American baseball player from the early part of the 20th century, he said “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was” and appropriately we think probably the world’s oldest three year old scotch Whisky. What I mean is that the three-year-old component of this comprises less than 1% of the overall recipe. The balance is shall we say considerably older but a three-year-old is really important to us. It’s whiskey that we laid down in two casks that we sourced in american oak barrels that we sourced just over three years ago in our first-ever campaign.
To that we added some older malt whiskies from both the village Brora and the isle of Skye considerably older than the three-year-old and which bring an underlying and smokiness to it and this lovely haunting ethereal fruit character on the palate. It’s a pretty special whiskey just over 3,000 bottles 3200 bottles produced compass box three-year-old deluxe
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