Clynelish Ardmore Caol Ila and the splendid Dailuiane. These are used in their main product line called the Signature range, whilst when Compass Box venture into normal style blends. The Compass Box whisky Company was founded in 2000 by American entrepreneur John Glaser, a former marketing director at Johnnie Walker. It is headquartered in London. Compass Box do not distill any whisky but pick out high grade single malts from Ardmore, Clynelish, Teaninich, Glen Elgin, Laphroaig, Coal Ila and the splendid Dailuaine. Cameron Brig and Camus are selected when grain whisky are used.
But now to Oak Cross, the name gives us a wee clue to what is going on here. Compass Box pick out three 10 year old whiskies from Teaninich, Clynelish and I think Dailuiane after they have been aged in American Oak. Then they replace the heads of the barrel with French Oak and let them age further. Hence the cross of the oak!!!!
But let John Glaser explain himself
The whisky pours golden colour, on rolling around the glass it is a touch syrupy and leaves long legs around the glass. I added a teaspoon of water and left the whisky to develop for 10 minutes.
The nose is light but has a beautiful aroma of stewed apples, pears, tart fruit and yet more apples stewed in sugar.
The flavour has notes of red English apples, a little ginger and spice, heather honey but then this gorgeous stewed fruit note becomes stronger again.
The finish is medium long with malt, oak and with a sweet spiciness which reminds one of Christmas pudding. Very smooth indeed!
Truly wonderful whisky and a great advert for Compass Box vatted malts!
This is available from Master of Malt HERE!