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Compass Box Juveniles Limited Edition


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Feb 2019


Compass Box Juveniles Limited Edition
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Compass Box is mostly known for their – by now classics – The Spice Tree, The Peat Monster and the likes, but John Glaser has quite a few other gems on his résumé. Take this Juveniles, for example. It first appeared as a special release for the famous Juveniles Bistrot a vins in the Rue de Richelieu in Paris. A second edition appeared in 2004, followed by a third in 2007. Every time with a different ABV. Last year, this Juveniles Limited Edition at 46% was releases, almost 15.000 bottles strong! As Compass Box is wont to do, they give us a lot of information on the whisky that went into this blended malt: 34% of Strathmill from a refill hogshead, 34% Balmenach from a refill hogshead, 20% Clynelish from a recharred hogshead, 10% Clynelish from a refill sherry butt and the last 2% are Glendullan from a first fill sherry butt. Very light but nicely fruity nose on peach, pineapple, papaya and mango. Big hint of wine gums. Very candy-like. Freshly cut grass. Touch of vanilla. But in honesty, the whole remains very light. On the palate I get a lot more fruit, but citrus is in the driver’s seat, followed by Granny Smith apples. This blended malt also gets some backbone from the spices. Ginger, pepper, cloves and more vanilla. A touch waxy as if from hard honey. Very, very quaffable. The finish is somewhat short, actually. Candy-like sweet. A veritable spring whisky. One to sip in the sun. If you plan on doing that, why not do it in the Rue de Richelieu in Paris, eh? Having said that, too expensive for what you get in my book (120 EUR).

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cricklewood commented

The rising prices of Compass Box expressions while somewhat in line with rising prices overall has me wondering. Someone hinted that John Glaser often gets a pass because he speaks the language of whiskys fans but that it sometimes borders on pushing things too far.

There are times where his work can be sublime (Flaming Heart 2015, No Name, Spice Tree) and other times underwhelming (Phenomenology, Peat Monster, The Muse,Enlightenment).

An expression like this while certainly interesting doesn't seem to contain any particularly in demand components, I wonder what confers it such a difference in value versus some of the blended malt creations from Cadenhead, BBR or Douglas Laing for example.

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