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Never seen this before, Compass Box in nips! Never tried this offering either, so this is a trip! They make some nice whiskys, and are very experimental. Reading up a bit reveals this is a blended combination of an 18 year "old Glenlossie, 12 year old Caol Ila and 12 year old Clynelish", a few great whiskys!
A: Very light pale sandy golden colored with some strange sediment. A couple drops of water adds a nice oily swirl, just the way I likes it!
N: Some oak and light caramel, lightly peated with a touch of smoke, light touch of citrus and vanilla. Beautiful nose. Water seems to bring out more vanilla, oak, and a light fruit.
T: Pretty big on the smoke, and from whats blended in it I can see why. Quite hot as well, I think water will help this a bit. Some sweetness reveals itself after the heat dies down, and more oak and some very light caramel. Some very light fruits as well, but the heavy alcohol and peat seem to overpower most. The peat has a nice smokey flavor and peat flavor, but isn't super heavy and medicinal or licorice etc. The highland blends seem to mellow it nicely. The mouth is a little thick, but pretty average. Water cuts down the alc a bit as well as the smoke, and brings out the highland flavors a bit more. Little fruit and vanilla touch on the taste now and touch more caramel.
F: Finishes still pretty smokey, some light apricot I think lightly hit at the end of the taste. It's 46% abv but drams like a 60%er. The heat takes a little while to die down, after adding water it seems to mellow a bit.