OAK CROSS ~ SCOTLAND
87/100 - The Whisky Judge
SILVER OUTSTANDING - Scotch Whisky Blended Malt - International Wine and Spirits Competition 2017
MASTER BLENDED MALT - The Spirits Busiess 2018
Compass Box works with a small mill in France that produces some of the highest quality cooperage oak in the world. It was their work with this mill that led them to experiment with secondary maturation of malt whiskies in casks fitted with new French oak heads. This is something no one else in Scotland does. The result is whisky with more character and complexity. They used this technique on about 40% of the whisky in Oak Cross and it results in a superior finished product.
Nose - Fruit, vanilla salt water taffy, honeycomb, cinnamon, malt, complex orchard fruit and a bit of sandalwood, leather and an herbal character.
Palate - Complex fruit, honeycomb, malt, vanilla cake, lemon peel and a bit of leather, oak spice and nuts.
Finish - Long. Malt, honey, lemon peel and oak spice.