Review #373. Compass Box Rivals


Review #373 – Compass Box Rivals

Whiskey Network Review #373 | /r/Scotch Review #153 – Compass Box Rivals

Rivals is a blend of Macallan, Imperial, Teaninich and product from an un-named Highland distillery. It is matured in a variety of ex-bourbon (first fill), french oak, and sherry casks.

690 bottles were released to two different US markets. Cost was approximately $150. It was my assumption that secondary would go berserk, and it did, so it was even more of a pleasure to open and enjoy this for a review since I’ve seen 0 reviews on Reddit, thus far.


Distiller: Various (Macallan, Imperial, Teannich)

Bottler: Compass Box

Mash: Single Malt

ABV: 46.0% ABV | 92pf

Age: Various

Release: 2017, 1/690 bottles released to US market.

Source: Bottle, purchased


Nose: Sweet cream, doughy lemon drop desserts, doughy, yeasty, sweet and fruity. It’s like a bakery committed to producing only lemon bars. That’s not a bad thing.

Taste: Rich mouthfeel for the proof. Sweet and heavy on vanilla and clove. It’s like a spice cake. Clove, cinnamon, citrus fruits and a bit of raspberry. It’s a dessert dram for sure. Some apple pie notes. Really interesting, and delicious.

Finish: Medium in length, some drying astringency but then the fruity dessert notes are back. This is dangerously drinkable at 46% and like dessert…I want it all day long.

Overall: I really didn’t know what to expect from this given that IB macallan is so hard to get your paws on but I ended up really liking this blend. Whatever sherry influence that exists is mild and a nuance – which I like. All of the focus is on the desserty bakery notes that showcase fruit and sweet and spice balance. I think this excels at that. It’s a completely different profile from 3yr Deluxe, which I don’t mind.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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