Whisky Review – Double Single Blended Whisky @CompassBox

Double Single Blended Whisky

46% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£144.71 from Master of Malt

This blended whisky from Compass Box contains only two ingredients. Malt whisky from Glen Elgin, and grain whisky from Girvan. Both packages of whisky are in their twenties, you can get the full information from Compass Box themselves, just email them and ask. 

Nose. 

First sniff is met with an abundance of fruit. Lots of citrus led juices, lemon, orange, a hint of mint, lots of vanilla, but full of breakfast juice lushness. A little time and more of a sugar coated sweetness comes through, still plenty of tasty fruit in the background. With a hint of sweet oaky spices. Great balance. A little more time and the vanilla softness gives an ice cream coating to the fruit. 

Palate. 

A bittersweet arrival of sour orange, sweet lemon, some grapefruit with a touch of nutmeg and sweet cinnamon. Vibrant, zesty and fresh stuff. It really awakens the tastebuds. The development turns to a sweet confectionary, reminiscent of grapefruit flavoured fruit gums, with some confectionary sugar and a touch of all spice. There’s a creamy, thick mouth feel accompanying all of this tasty stuff, with some creamy porridge with a vanilla pod it. Nicely complex, very drinkable. 

Finish. 

The medium-long length finish is dry and sweet, lots of sugars, some brown raw sugar, the fruit juices have turned to dry fruit gums, vanilla still rich and creamy, with some oak spices finishing thing off. 

Adding water. 

A few drops added. The nose becomes more of a fruity floral, lighter, lots of springtime flowers amongst some dustier fruit boxes. The palate, now with a reduced oiliness in the mouthfeel, is still full of fruit sugars, a little more juicier and less complex, with a drier edge coming forward earlier. The finish is drier and sweeter at the same time, not as long. This dram is better without dilution. Keep it as it comes from the bottle. 

Conclusion. 

A delicious construction of a whisky. Proves that just two ingredients can have an awesome outcome. Very tasty and very drinkable. Quite a warmer weather of a whisky, with its citrus center best suited in warmer climates, but who am I kidding, I’d drink this any time of the year. It’s gorgeous. Maybe a little on the expensive side, but it is a great whisky nonetheless. 

Thanks to Compass Box for the official review sample. 

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Whisky Review – Rock Oyster 18 year old @DLaingWhisky

Rock Oyster 18 year old @DLaingWhisky

46.8% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£89.12 from Master of Malt

Nose. 

First sniff brings a salty seashore air, very fresh, in a fishing town (fishing nets!). Some light vanilla and lawn grass with subsequent sniffs. 20 mins in the glass and added toffee sweetness comes forward. Still quite maritime, but with a richer sweet edge. 

Palate. 

Sweet, creamy vanilla on the offset. Salted caramel and chocolate (mmmmm). There’s some peat sweetness, a touch of pepper. All nicely balanced together. Subsequent sips and more of a smoky fudge note. The mouthfeel isn’t particularly thick, but has a viscosity to it.  

Finish. 

Intense vanilla and gentle peat smoke carries into the long length finish, ending on the drier, earthier side of things. 

Adding water. 

Tiniest drop, it doesn’t need water. The nose has become lighter, back to being predominantly maritime, with a hint of floral peat. The palate has lost the richness in favour of a sweeter, more saccharine edge. The finish continues the sugary notes, with a lighter smoke in the end. Water doesn’t enhance this dram. Don’t do it. 

Conclusion. 

Delicious flavourful whisky. I’m a big fan of the original Rock Oyster, this aged version does not disappoint. It is a more of a luxury version, requiring some dedication in time and place for drinking. It’s lighter and subtler nature in flavours means it’s best as an aperitif, with an unspoiled palate. It beautiful stuff. 

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official review sample. 

Whisky Review – Treacle Chest Blended Malt @WemyssMalts

Treacle Chest Blended Malt

46% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£46.95 from Master of Malt

Nose. 

First sniff is quite nutty, intense Spice, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. A few sniffs later and things get sweeter, with cinnamon sugar glaze and toasted brown sugar on a Creme brûlée. With more time the nose develops further into sweet territory, the treacle comes through as does a sticky caramel. A little more time and we are in more sherry matured territory, soft Christmas spices, clove, cinnamon. Some stoned fruit and almond. A complex and developmental nose. 

Palate. 

Juicy. Lots of fruit, raisin, cherry, stewed apple and spicy too, a great home made chutney mix of flavours. There’s a nutty backdrop as well, almond, moving onto marzipan, and Brazil nut. There’s a gentle edge of chocolate and warm caramel sauce. There’s bucket loads going on here, a great dessert dram. 

Finish. 

Spices pop up, ginger and cinnamon, but the fruity burst of cherries and marzipan win through. A medium-long length finish, ending with a nutty dry chocolate. 

Adding water. 

A few drops added. The water has toned things down, but not really added or taken away much, maybe a little vanilla is added. The palate is slightly gentler on the spices, still retaining a lot of the fruit and nut complexity, there’s some more chocolate now. The finish is slightly drier, but still got tonnes of fruit. The nuttiness is toned down overall. There are pros and cons to watering this dram, personally its worth trying and seeing what suits your palate best, for me, I borderline prefer undiluted, but I can imagine if my palate has been compromised with spicy food or anything like that I would prefer the diluted version on that night. 

Conclusion. 

Extremely complex, and some clearly good sherry casks used in this maturation. It’s a beauty of a sherried blend. Very tasty. This is an awesome Christmas season whisky. Nicely priced for the quality of the whisky. I’m getting one for the holiday season. 

Thanks to Wemyss for official review sample. 

Whisky Review – Timorous Beastie 18 year old @DLaingWhisky

Timorous Beastie 18 year old @DLaingWhisky

46.8% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£82.60 from Master of Malt

Nose. 

First sniff is floral (honeysuckle) and fudgey. There is a light fruitiness, some peach and apricot, with a hint of apple skin. Some sweet ginger and the smallest touch of white pepper. A few sniffs later there is a pineapple juice influence. After 20 mins in the glass the fruit becomes more intense, lots of pineapple, apricot and now some juicy oranges. 

Palate. 

Very fruity, gentle arrival, building in fruitiness, lots of orange, pineapple, very sweet and juicy. Some gentle light spices accompany, with a little vanilla. A lovely chewy texture to the mouthfeel. There is some background barley biscuit amongst the pineapple chunks. 

Finish. 

The juices fade and a rich vanilla creamy custard comes forward, for a medium-long length finish. The custard takes a while to dissipate, retaining creamy throughout. 

Adding water. 

Only adding a tiny amount. It doesn’t need water in my opinion. Oh dear, I was right. Nose is much lighter, floral fruits. Palate still has a bunch of flavour, but lost intensity. Finish has more of the floral, slightly talcum powder floral. Still drinkable, but the undiluted has the win. No water here please. 

Conclusion. 

A delicious whisky, quite subtle in its ways, but with a bolstering fruit up front. Clearly of the older wise with the fruit intensity and gentle spices. This is quality stuff, requiring some time in the glass to give the most of itself. A “spoil yourself” blended malt for a special occasion. Drink as an aperitif on a fresh palate. 

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official review sample.