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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