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Compass Box ‘Menagerie’ Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

$227.99

Size
750ml, box

Compass Box 'Menagerie' is a 2021 release, offering a unique blend of Highland malt whiskies aged in custom French oak barrels.  This creates a complex yet harmonious flavor profile, featuring notes of spiced honey, toffee, tropical fruit, and a touch of smoke.

Description

Nose

The initial impression is inviting and layered.  French oak influence might introduce subtle hints of baking spice, like cinnamon or nutmeg, alongside a touch of vanilla sweetness.  Look for notes of honey, not overly sweet but with a warm, golden character.  As the whisky opens up, hints of orchard fruits like roasted peach or apricot might emerge, adding a touch of juicy sweetness.

Palate

The first sip reveals a smooth and medium-bodied texture.  The Highland malt base comes through with a gentle spiciness, perhaps reminiscent of ginger or white pepper.  This is balanced by the sweetness of honey and toffee from the French oak casks.  The star of the show, however, is the interplay between fruit and smoke.  Musky tropical fruits, potentially mango or pineapple, contributed by the Glen Elgin malt, create an unexpected yet delightful contrast.  A subtle wisp of smoke, characteristic of Laphroaig malt, lingers in the background, adding depth and complexity without overwhelming the other flavors.

Finish

The finish is medium-length, leaving a pleasant warmth on the palate.  The spice and oak influence linger, alongside a hint of the tropical fruits.  The smoke makes a final subtle appearance, ensuring a complete and satisfying conclusion to the tasting experience.

 

Additional information

Product Type

Whiskey

Style

Blended Whiskey

abv

46%

Country

Scotland

Brand

Compass Box

Size

750ml, box

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Tasting Notes

Palate

Palate

Rich smokiness and a subtle meatiness.

Finish

Finish

Wood, Vanilla, Butterscotch.

Flavor

Flavor

Orchard fruit, and gingerbread spiciness.