Tuesday 8 November 2016

Tasted #324 - 325: Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe & Spice Tree Extravaganza

The folks at Compass Box have been good to us this year - sending us samples of "This is Not a Luxury Whisky" and "Flaming Heart (15th Anniversary)" first, then "Enlightenment" and "The Circus", and now Three Year Old Deluxe and Spice Tree Extravaganza.

We've talked before about Compass Box's transparency campaign, and the Three Year Old Deluxe is a brilliant (and very cheeky) extension of that. See, yes, it's a 3 year old whisky (in that the youngest whisky in the bottle is 3yo), but it also only contains <1% of 3yo whisky. A little over 90% is "considerably older" whisky from the same distillery (which we presume to be Clynelish), and the remaining 9% is "peaty malt whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye (which we presume to be Talisker).

Nowhere do they say the age of the older malt, nor the Talisker, but it certainly noses and tastes considerably more complex than three years old...

Compass Box "Three Year Old Deluxe" (49.2% ABV, 3yo, Blended Malt, Scotland, £153.29ex / HK & AU pricing not available)
Colour: Yellow-gold.

Nose: Apples, candle wax, sweet tea, oak and cherries.

Palate: Apples, toffee and caramel at first. A slight meatiness, then strawberry short cake. Stewed pears. A few drops of water adds more waxiness.

Finish: Medium length. Residual fruitiness from the palate, but with a slightly tannic oakiness at the very end. 

Rating (on my very non-scientific scale):  92/100. Excellent - not quite as good as "This is Not a Luxury Whisky", but close. Certainly the most complex 3yo whisky out there!

Compass Box "Spice Tree Extravaganza" (46% ABV, NAS, Blended Malt, Scotland, £76.62ex / HK & AU pricing not available)
Colour: Maple-gold.

Nose: Clean, fresh sherry (Oloroso?) with a hint of smoke. Red apples and ginger.

Palate: Citrus at first - whole oranges. BBQ'd pineapple. Molasses, treacle, brown sugar. Blackberries. 

Finish: Medium to long in length, with hints of ginger and maple syrup.

Rating (on my very non-scientific scale):  92/100. Another beautiful blended malt from Compass Box.

Big thanks to @compassboxwhiskyco for these samples recently. Every Compass Box we've tried so far has been great (and there's been quite a few of them) and these are no exception. - Gotta say...loving the cheekiness of this "3 year old" - a little dig at the current stoush with the SWA no doubt. With Less than 1% of (what we presume is) Clynelish 3yo, and 90% of significantly older malt from the same distillery, whilst it's technically a 3yo, it obviously doesn't drink like one. At ~£200 retail too, it's not priced like one either! A lovely complex blended malt though. - They must be busy at Compass Box HQ, with all these fantastic (and varied) whiskies coming out....but keep up the great work we say! -- #whisky #InstaWhisky #Instadram #WhiskyGram #RareWhisky #WhiskyTasting #WhiskyGeek #WhiskyBlogger #TimeforWhisky #DramFull #WhiskyHK #WhiskySYD #WhiskyFabric #WhiskyLover #Whiskey #威士忌 #ウイスキー #위스키 #WhiskyLife #WhiskyPorn #HongKongWhisky #WhiskySamples #CompassBoxWhisky #CompassBox #BlendedMalt #YoungWhisky #OldWhisky
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Another big thanks to Compass Box for the samples!


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