42.6% Mortlach 18y.o. (Recharred barrel)
14.6% Deanston 14y.o. (Refill Hogshead)
2.5% Deanston 17y.o. (Refill Sherry-Seasoned Butt)
13.1% Glen Elgin 11y.o. (Recharred barrel)
5% Glen Elgin 20y.o. (Refill Sherry-Seasoned Butt)
5.4% Laphroaig 15y.o. (Recharred Hogshead)
16.8% Highland Malt Blend 11y.o. (Custom French Oak Barrel)
Direct hit! It is pleasantly mild (maybe it just seems to me that way after all the sixty percent of the last time), but in terms of aroma it is really broad and also goes great with its intense, light fruitiness, elegant refill sherry flavor with a very gentle peat kick into the deep. Everything comes together wonderfully, looks lively and offers a lot of variety. I have already tried a few of the Compass Boxes, this one meets my taste best so far.
Rice pudding with cinnamon. Creamy ice cream with pieces of fruit: peach, strawberry. Cherry syrup. Everything pleasantly sweet. In addition, primarily beautiful, velvety vanilla barrel notes; the warm, darker flavor of the European barrels is discreetly in the background, I think my association with milk coffee still belongs to these barrels. When I rub the malt in my hands, I also have the medicinal peat from the 5% Laphroaig. I didn't even notice them on the first nose in the glass. And then I have sun-dried straw and the flavorful herb honey, as I know it from Deanston. Also some beeswax, very fine! With its 46% it has a very mild effect. In the second nose I also have a few crisp, dry Fino-Sherry notes.
Light fruity and now noticeably medically peaty. Cool mouthfeel. It is made of material with straw (I really like that). And then an almost tropical, juicy fruitiness is in the foreground. I would say fully ripe honeydew melon and papaya. This also holds up very nicely and is framed by some milk coffee and dark chocolate with candied cherry pieces.
Mildly fruity and increasingly spicy wood with a good load of candied ginger and red and black pepper (which are not spicy). This pepperiness is offset by fine toasted notes, new leather and a little beeswax. From sip to sip, it gains vanilla-light fruity intensity and a hint of tar lingers on the tongue for a medium length of time.