Review #354. Compass Box Oak Cross


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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4

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