Accessible, tasty, drinkable. I like it. What I would particularly like to underline in this case are the beautiful transitions. With fruit it goes from the nose to the taste, with salt it then goes into the finish. This is a composition and not just a blend. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/12/31/compass-box-20th-anniversary/
Yes, I like it. You can clearly see in which direction the masterblender has worked here. A great all-round package of fruit, cereals and smoke. He has everything it takes to be a good painter. Despite his straightforwardness, he does not get bored. The finish is the best part.
The nose is dominated by smoke, sweetness and grain. Mandarins and light pastries. A light maltiness sets in over time.
The snatched one fits seamlessly into the nose. Again smoke. But not as dominant as in the nose. In addition peaches and honey again cereals. This time also a little hay. The alcohol is despite the "only" 48.9% but quite noticeable.
A medium long bus departure. Now comes the oak. But not brute, rather restrained and beautifully integrated. Bitterness and acid are there. Bright fruits.
The nose is much less obvious than the 3rd release, and it takes some time to gather itself. It's refined, no doubt, and it draws you in with cream and very waxy fruit (papaya, guava, lemon). The smoke is less pronounced than the 3rd release. Honey, sweet hay, and almost a mix of grain and bourbon whiskey (on honey). Green tea and coriander round out the spice, and there's a very faint trace of the red berry/cherry quality from sherry, or my mind deceives me. A nutty, oily aroma from flaxseed oil too.
Very approachable, and it flits between being full and light. Again with the smoke, cream, and wax. The smoke is more intense here than on the nose, and it's that great coal smoke. Grapefruit and crude oil. Light amounts of green apple skins and white pepper. It has that coastal saltiness, but minor and not on the scale of Talisker or Port Ellen. Olive oil rounds out the finish, which captures the salt, too. For some reason, I keep returning to Talisker on this one, though with less pronounced and dominant flavors. More mellow.
Coal, smoke yields, but it's definitely 'blacker' than the third release. Fruit is more on citrus, but also less clear. Close to lemon. Waxy fruit and toasted flaxseed oil again. Less discernible fruit, but more coastal. Olive oil and rosemary on the end. Long after most of the finish goes, there's a hint of meat and cherry from the small sherry influence.
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