Compass Box “Oak Cross” Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Compass Box Oak Cross is a blended malt Scotch whisky from Compass Box featuring a striking baby blue and gold label. This type of whisky is often called a malt blend, and older bottles in this category of Scotch are often termed “vatted malts.” A vatting of top-quality Highland malts that undergo a unique secondary maturation in American casks capped with new French Oak heads, adding an extra layer of spicy flavour and complexity. The result is fruity and rich with clove and vanilla notes.
Tasting Notes: Compass Box Oak Cross
43% ABV (86 proof), no age statement, 100% malted barley, available between $40-72 per 750 ml bottle.
Light, yellow gold. Medium legs.
Salted, whipped butter, warm, crusty bread, hint of modeling clay.
Sweet and spicy off the bat. Ground black pepper, honey, and then a full load of ginger spice. This ramps up late in the palate and into the finish. Continued spicy ginger that virtually overpowers the burn. Burn is of medium intensity and relatively short. Lingering notes of black licorice candy. Very dry.
Peppery and drying, and of medium length. A smudge of fresh soil, a dash of toasting spices, a twist of something bitter and herbal.