There’s always something so intrinsically right about Compassbox blends.
72% Glen Elgin, re-charred ex-bourbon hogsheads
28% Girvan, re-charred ex-bourbon barrels
Nose - Classy wood, varnish and toffee apples here, with (as expected) great balance. Up front there's a really decadent, rich but dusty cask with orange segments, then there's a much more restrained but very mature note. There's a little bit of travel sweets, a touch of burnt wood and bandages (although I can detect no obvious or clumsy re-charred\virgin oak notes in this) and chocolate buttons. It seems a lot more mature than the components are (you can check on their website), this is reminiscent of the kind of nose you'd get on a big old Teaninich or something.
Body - Rather elegant; restrained chocolate and toffee, dusty woods and a light spicing. Retronasally dusty and fruity, this is very gluggable. Loving that rich orange note up front.
Finish - Medium with apple wood again, strawberry laces and a touch of orange peel at the end.
A superbly drinkable blend, absolutely delicious – a really special dusty wood on the nose with lots of fruit, delicate, restrained and balanced but with lots of depth, exactly the kind of whisky I'm into at the moment. Well worth the outlay.