Review #354 – Compass Box’s Oak Cross
Whiskey Network Review #354 | /r/Scotch Review #147 – Compass Box’s Oak Cross, 86pf | 43% ABV
This is a vatting of different maturations from several distilleries aged in different versions of Oak – hence the “crossing” of the oak. Some is ex-bourbon American Oak and some is French Oak.
A blend of distillate is then aged independently in first fill American Oak then re-casked 40% / 60% in new “hybrid” barrels for finishing.
You can find a very handy infographic to explain all this fun detail: HERE
Distiller: Various (60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine, 20% Teannich)
Bottler: Compass Box
Mash: Single Malt
ABV: 43% ABV | 86pf
Source: /r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Pear, apple, vanilla. Wazy fruits, mild oakiness. Reminds me very much of Great King Street artist blend.
Taste: Thin but fruity and delicate. Sweet with very heavy nods to apple, pear, some lemon zest, little to no heat.
Finish: Short, like a wisp.
Overall: I wanted to like this but it seemed like a delicate version of Great King Street. It was busy, but too much so. It was good but thin – not at all unpleasant but not really solid either. I feel like this was just over-engineered without a solid footing in what it needed to be. Rank 4.
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