Compass Box Rivals

Blended Malt

Compass Box // Scotland


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4 out of 5 stars
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This is a bespoke NAS (non-age statement) bottling released by Compass Box in 2017. Made in collaboration with Julio’s Liquors and Astor Wine & Spirits. It's an expression to show what can happen when ‘Rivals’ work together. The blend breaks down as such: 61.8% whisky from the Macallan distillery and 27.8% whisky from Imperial (a closed distillery) both of which are matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. Additionally, 8.5 % of the whisky is a Highland malt whisky aged in French oak, and 1.9% whisky from the Teaninich distillery aged in sherry casks. This is a limited edition with only 690 bottles produced.

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  • Blended Malt
    Comprised of malted whisk(e)y from two or more distilleries; aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
  • Cask Type
    first-fill ex-bourbon, French oak, and sherry casks

Tasting Notes

"It is difficult to describe this whisky concisely. This a bit reductive at first but once opened the aroma kicks off with lots of fruit and honeysuckle ready to be picked. Take a few more whiffs and there’s subtle smoke, vanilla chews, and toffee. The palate is a cross of delicacy and hedonism. Initially it's dainty fruit and light honey but at the mid-palate the fruit becomes far richer - think of a well-aged white wine. The finish is lingering with subtle liquid smoke and thinly sliced whitefish. Pull the cork and get lost in this!"

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