Compass Box Phenomenology Whisky
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|Region||United Kingdom, Scotland|
Balvenie Port Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 21 year oldTo create The Balvenie PortWood, rare 21 year old Balvenie which has been matured in traditional oak casks is transferred to a port cask, or pipe, which has held fine port wines. Here it is sampled every month to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt, whilst preserving its original characteristics. Nose: A perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a nutty dryness Taste: Refined with remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes. Finish: Long, gentle, nutty.
Macallan Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 18 year oldRich burnished mahogany. Balanced aromas of rich dried fruits & Spanish oak wood spices (ginger & cinnamon). Sweet with summer fruits and light nuttiness. Flavors of dried fruit, resinous, wood spices with a hint of smoke. Lingering wood on the finish, spicy, fruity with light smoke.
Macallan Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 25 year oldDeepest mahogany with fiery copper highlights. Heady sherry sweetness set against a background of citrus fruits and wood smoke. Rich and full, reflecting the additional years of sherry oak ageing. Full bodied with elegant dried fruits, a lingering oak smoke aroma and silky complexity. Full and long lasting.
Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky 21 year oldTo The Eye: Bright copper. To The Nose: Ripe gooseberry notes together with sweet vanilla and oak, combines with a freshly cut barley flavour. To The Tongue: Light chocolate and soft green fruit, with a twist of old oak and honey. To The End: A long and lasting finish, demonstrating real depth of character.
Suntory The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky 12 year oldDelicate and elegant. Color: Pure gold. Nose: Persimmon, honey, clove, candied orange, peach, vanilla. Palate: Spiced wood, coconut, cranberry, butter. Finish: Sweet, woodsy, long finish.
Macallan Fine Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky 17 year oldLight Amber color. Heady, exoic and floral, with a hint of tropical fruit and peat. Soft and rich, with a hint of citrus, spice and wood smoke. Lingering, with a hint of orange zest.
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 year oldProduced in small batches, Glenfiddich 18 Year Old combines a touch of sweetness from the Spanish Oloroso wood, with oakiness drawn from the traditional American casks. Through marrying in wooden tuns (vast vats), the rich, mellow flavours to come together, creating an exceptionally smooth single malt Scotch whisky with notes of spiced apple and robust oak. Each batch is of a unique and of exceptional quality.
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky 21 year oldThis exceptional 21 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky has been finished for four months in barrels that once contained rum from the Caribbean, infusing the whisky with a rich and indulgent toffee sweetness. At this age, Glenfiddich whisky develops into an exquisitely rich and creamy single malt with a luxurious vibrancy.
Balvenie Single Barrel Single Malt Scotch Whisky 25 year oldThe Balvenie Single Barrel 25 Year Old is the ultimate expression of the relationship between craftsmanship, wood and time. The oldest of our Single Barrel range, this exceptional spirit is bottled from refill American oak casks that have lain in our warehouses for over twenty-five years. Each cask is subtly different, yet hand-selected by our Malt Master for its familiar sweet, honeyed characteristics. Each bottling forms a limited edition of no more than 300 hand-numbered bottles drawn from a single cask, making every bottle unique and unrepeatable. The Balvenie Single Barrel 25 Year Old is non chill-filtered and bottled at a higher strength of 47.8% ABV offering whisky enthusiasts a "straight from the cask" experience. Nose: Deep rich with overtures of oak and spice. Taste: Honeyed notes overlaid with gentle spices and a silky vanilla oakiness. Finish: Rich, honeyed and spicy.
Oban Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 year oldThe premium selected barley, a slow distillation in our small lamp glass stills and careful condensing in our traditional wooden worm tubs work together to produce this fine single malt. Described as rich, fruity with a hint of sea salt and peat smoke.
Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 year oldTriple distilled and matured in American Bourbon oak for over eighteen years. The result: A refreshing Lowland single malt whisky with the added infusion of ripe citrus and green tea, the warmth of toasted almonds and the signature smooth, delicate Auchentoshan taste. To the eye: Golden honey. To the nose: Crème brulée, a burst of citrus and the signature nuttiness and green leafiness of Auchentoshan. To the tongue: Smooth and sweet with hints of tangerine and lime. To the end: Gingery and slightly drying, with a pleasant lingering nuttiness. To The Eye: Deep golden summer barley. To The Nose: Fresh tobacco leaf - then sweet with a hint of caramelised sugars, green tea and toasted almonds. To The Tongue: A floral freshness with sweet barley sugar at first - this gently ebbs to reveal a tangerine zestiness. The palate is left alive and refreshed. To The End: A long, lingering and well balanced dram that invigorates the mouth.
The Dalmore Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 15 year oldThe Dalmore 15 year old is smooth, rich and well rounded; the epitome of The Dalmore house style. This delicate and approachable vintage is initially matured for 12 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. The character of The Dalmore 15 is achieved by then splitting the whisky equally between three different sherry woods; Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso for a further three years. The spirit is finally married together in an upstanding sherry butt, allowing the flavours to infuse. Aroma: Orange marmalade, cinnamon and nutmeg. Palate: Mandarin, vanilla, ginger. Finish: Christmas spice and oak.
Suntory The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky 12 year oldRich fruity aroma combined with soft smoke. Color: Pure gold. Nose: Fresh green leaves, green apple, pear, soft smoke. Palate: Sweet pear, butter cookie, crisp. Finish: Soft, pleasantly smoked, dry.
The Glenlivet XXV Single Malt Scotch Whisky 25 year oldThe Glenlivet XXV is the perfect tribute to the skill and judgement of the craftsmen involved in making this special whisky. The original new spirit character, fruity and floral, has been faithfully retained during years of careful maturation. The final finish in rare ex-sherry butts yields a sublime, intense whisky of powerful yet elegant character. Color: Rich amber with ripe gold hues. Nose: Intense, deep, creamy. The sherry shows itself with luscious fruity and spicy notes. Enticing scents of exotic wood. Creamier notes rising. Orange crème brülée; candied fruit; pineapple. Palate: Silky and caressing. Sweet at first then releasing a full bunch of spices; ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Developing dark chocolate and orange peel flavours. Finish: Dry, spicy. Keeps teasing the tastebuds all the way through and comes back on a sweeter fruity note.
Balvenie DoubleWood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 17 year oldNose: Elegant and complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple. Taste: Sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes, traces of oak and deep vanilla. Finish: Vanilla, oak, honey and a spicy sweetness.
Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky 30 year oldThe Balvenie Thirty is a rare and especially fine single malt for which David Stewart selects only exceptional casks that were laid down over thirty years ago. By marrying The Balvenie slowly aged in traditional oak whisky casks with that aged in European oak sherry casks, David creates a rich, mellow Scotch whisky with unusual depth and complexity. 'Thirty' is bottled at 47.3% abv to capture all the signature characteristics of The Balvenie. Nose: Silky smooth and honeyed on the nose with mellow oaky tones and hints of candied orange peel. Taste: Great depth with rich dark chocolate, hints of plum, marzipan and caramelised pear. Finish: Exceptionally smooth and warming with gentle spice and lingering sweetness.
Suntory The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky 18 year oldColor: Deep gold. Nose: Ripe pear, dried mint, oregano, hint of smoke. Palate: Jasmine, mango, quince, menthol. Finish: Long, pleasantly smoked, hint of bitterness.
Glenmorangie Bacalta Highland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyOur multi-award-winning and always intriguing Private Edition, Glenmorangie Bacalta brings new heights of complexity to a rare wood finish. Inspired by the long, balmy days on the island of Madeira, Glenmorangie Bacalta (Scots Gaelic for "baked") is a sun-soaked single malt which delivers wonderfully warm layers of sweetness, brimming with baked fruits and honeyed tones. It has been created from Glenmorangie first matured in former bourbon casks, then extra-matured in bespoke casks baked under the sun which once contained Malmsey Madeira - the sweetest and most prized of the Madeira wines. Aroma: Fragrant, honeyed and sweet. Some ripe apricots, mead-like, and a curious flinty note, followed by sweet white chocolate. Taste: An initial burst of mint toffee, with baked fruits such as caramelised oranges, honeycomb, almonds and dates. Finish: A rich, syrupy aftertaste, with more caramelised citrus and pears, creamy fudge, and an intriguing mentholic sensation in the background.
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Barrel Proof 2 year oldPeerless Straight Rye Whiskey is a well balanced Rye, bolstered by sweet tones of maple, brown sugar and light citrus sweetness. Finish with a hint of oak & no burn on the throat. Due to our carefully unique distilling process, Peerless offers a smooth taste that differs from many other Ryes. Peerless Rye is a palatable sipping Rye to be savored with friends and family. Every Drop Honestly Crafted. Non-Chill Filtered. Strictly Sweet Mash. Barrel Proof. No Water Added.
Stranahan's Sherry Cask Single Malt WhiskeyStranahan's Sherry Cask is an American single malt whiskey that is aged for four years in new white American oak barrels, then cask-finished in Spanish Oloroso Sherry barrels. Procured from the Andalusia region of southern Spain, these sherry barrels have been aging wine for over 40 years, leaving a depth of flavor soaked into the ancient oak staves. Under the helm of Master Distiller Rob Dietrich, Stranahan's is continually experimenting with new expressions of American Single Malt & unique cask finishes.
Compass Box No NameA bonfire-like smokiness on the nose with a peatiness that is by turns tarry and medicinal with hints of autumn leaves. A powerful smokiness and peatiness follow, accented by hints of ripe cherries, plums and spice.
George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 124.9 ProofThis extremely hearty whiskey ages in new charred oak barrels for no less than 15 years. Straight out of the barrel, uncut and unfiltered, the taste is powerful, flavorful and intense. Open it up with a few drops of water, sit back and ponder the wonders of the universe.