Compass Box only makes blended malts, blended grains and blends. They are whisky makers, so to speak. The Oak Cross one of those blended malts that has become part of the core range – or the Signature Range as they call it themselves. It consists of 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine and 20% Teaninich. It matured on casks with American oak staves and French oak heads – hence the name Oak Cross.
The Clynelish is immediately recognizable on the nose with its typical waxy and fruity character. Then a big floral hit (not soapy!). Stewed stone fruit, freshly cut grass and soft honey. Some vanilla and cinnamon and soft notes of oak. Very light and accessible, almost delicate.
Very fruity and floral – almost perfume-y – on the palate. Nicely waxy on Seville oranges, almonds and walnuts. Again stewed yellow fruit and some vanilla. Nice balance, by the way.
It could have done with a slightly longer finish, but it’s nice nonetheless. Some lavender at the death.
This is actually quite nice. And the prominence of the Clynelish is a big plus. Great aperitif style whisky.