Compass Box Orchard House

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

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Distillery / merk
Inhoudsmaat
0.7 liter
Alcoholpercentage
46%
Leeftijd
no age statement
Gebotteld
07-2021
Smaakprofiel
EAN
5060632880574
Beschikbaarheid
Op voorraad

€ 43,95 (incl. BTW)

  

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Samenstelling door John Glaser:

Linkwood - first fill bourbon barrel - apple blossom, vanilla - 39%

Clynelish - first fill bourbon barrel - apple, wax, honey - 29%

Benrinnes - first fill bourbon barrel - fudge, apples, malt - 20%

Distillery near the town of Aberlour - revatted oloroso sherry-seasoned butt - red apple, sultana, malt - 8%

Highland Malt Blend - custom French oak barrel - heavy toast - chocolate, cinnamon, ginger - 2%

Caol Ila - first fill bourbon barrel - smoke, almond, vanilla - 2%

 

Tasting notes by Serge Valentin (Whiskyfun.com): 86 points

This Compass Box Orchard House is the most recent addition to the core range from the blending wizards. They say it’s their first blended malt composed almost entirely with spirit they once bought as new make and laid down in specific casks.

It brings together some of the fruitiest single malts. There’s 39% Linkwood, 29% Clynelish and 20% Benrinnes, all aged 8 years in first-fill bourbon barrels, plus minor parts of Aberlour (Oloroso seasoned butt), Caol Ila (first-fill bourbon) and their signature Highland Malt blend (custom French oak barrel).

Nose: very bright and fruity indeed. Juicy pears and peaches, with hints of grapes, lemons and green apples. Also vanilla and mint, as well as light blossomy touches. Young but vibrant, with a subtle waxy side that hints at Clynelish. In terms of fruitiness this is spot on.

Mouth: still this light and fruity profile, not too sweet, albeit with a stronger boozy side. Hints of grappa and fruit eau-de-vie. Green apple, peach and pear again, with waxy notes, citrus peel, white pepper and light oak. Hints of ginger, raw malt and vanilla.

Finish: not too long, on soft spice, honey and orchard fruits.

Spirit-driven and not very complex, but it certainly fulfills its promise. I’m sure an Orchard House highball would make an excellent aperitif. To be revisited when the summer returns, especially since it’s priced very reasonably.

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