.compass box – the lost blend

“Yes, sir, the stuff was distilled elixir of battle, money and high life.”
– From The Lost Blend by O. Henry, 1907

46% abv, €100,  blend, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: a whiff of smoke, sweet, vanilla, fruit, pineapple, citrus, oranges, baked apples, spicy, cinnamon, apple pie
Palate: spicy, cinnamon, sweet, pineapple, apple pie, fruit, citrus, oranges, 
Finish: long, medium dry, sweet, caramelised apples, citrus
Mark: ++++/+ 
Conclusion: Oh my… This would do good in our cabinet – like most of the Compass Box whiskies would. The price is a bit steep though, but well worth it. Might be nice to collect all three different labels too. Damn, here goes our bank account again…

More info from the website:

“In 2001, we created our first single malt blend which we called Eleuthera. It was an elegant and simple blend of approximately 80% unpeated Highland and 20% peaty Islay single malts. Alas, after 3 years, we were suddenly no longer able to obtain one of the key whiskies required for the recipe so, sadly, we retired Eleuthera in 2004. Quietly, I have always been looking for whiskies that we could use to bring it back, even if temporarily, but not with any luck. Until now. 

A limited edition of 12018 bottles. Bottled in August 2014. 

Single malt whisky (of a certain age) from the Clynelish distillery, and a small cache of extraordinary whisky from the Allt-A-Bhainne distillery, aged in American oak barrels and just a few years shy of two decades old, combined with malt whisky from the Caol Ila distillery. 

We’ve created three different front label designs all around the same theme: lost items. The whisky behind each label is the same, and the three labels have been randomly bottled and put into cases, which allows you an additional discovery to the whisky itself: which label did I get?”

A generous sample for reviewing was kindly sent to us by Compass box

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