Type: Blended Malt
Bottler: Compass Box
Score: 92 points
Don’t let the name fool you. This is another one of Compass Box’s subtle swipes at the rules requiring that only the age of the youngest whisky in a bottle appear on the label. For the record, there’s 0.4% of three-year-old Clynelish in this blended malt, and the rest of the whiskies in it are a lot older.
The nose has notes of fresh berries, apples, peaches, vanilla, soft spices, and a hint of charred oak. The taste starts off with a waxy mouthfeel, then turns fruity and vibrant with red apples, hints of allspice and cinnamon, vanilla, and a small hint of smoke that comes out as the spices and fruitiness start to fade. The finish has that lingering hint of smoke, along with vanilla, dried apples, and a hint of nutmeg. Excellent! (October, 2016)