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What’s special about Asyla (which is the plural of asylum… the old crazy people’s home) is the fact that it is a blend of 50% single malt on the one hand and 50% single grain on the other. It matured on American oak and was bottled without colouring or chill filtration. The single malts: Cragganmore, Linkwood & Glen Elgin – the single grains Cameronbridge en Cambus.
The nose is rather dry with lime, apple, bananapeel, melon and the obligatory vanilla. The whole is softly spiced and reveals a touch of eucalyptus and pencil shavings. Rather light and, truth be told, rather simple.
On the palate it is quite oily, but immediately drying with soft touches of melon, banana and almonds. Grainy with woodruff (wood what?! It’s a winter herb that spreads a sweet scent comparable to mowed hay). A hint of mint?
The finish is short and dry. Not very impressive.
This bottle is quite affordable, but the least of the Compass Box expressions I’ve tasted so far.