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Compass Box Rivals

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Compass Box

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Ex-Bourbon Macallan for sure, but still, I’ve never had a Macallan that was quite that waxy, even in the ex-bourbon series. One of the most unique executions of Macallan, or a Macallan heavy blend to be exact, I’ve encountered.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste has good spices with allspice, cinnamon, and coriander balanced by red apples, vanilla, and hints of dried flowers and lemon custard that appear as the spices start to fade leading into the finish – which is very long with lingering spices, dried flowers, lemon custard, and vanilla notes. Very complex and well-balanced.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish is lingering with subtle liquid smoke and thinly sliced whitefish. Pull the cork and get lost in this!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: All of the focus is on the desserty bakery notes that showcase fruit and sweet and spice balance. I think this excels at that.
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  • Intro:

    All of the focus is on the desserty bakery notes that showcase fruit and sweet and spice balance. I think this excels at that.

  • Nose:

    Sweet cream, doughy lemon drop desserts, doughy, yeasty, sweet and fruity. Its like a bakery committed to producing only lemon bars. Thats not a bad thing.

  • Taste:

    Rich mouthfeel for the proof. Sweet and heavy on vanilla and clove. Its like a spice cake. Clove, cinnamon, citrus fruits and a bit of raspberry. Its a dessert dram for sure. Some apple pie notes. Really interesting, and delicious.

  • Finish:

    Medium in length, some drying astringency but then the fruity dessert notes are back. This is dangerously drinkable at 46% and like dessert...I want it all day long.

  • Overall:

    I really didn't know what to expect from this given that IB Macallan is so hard to get your paws on but I ended up really liking this blend. Whatever sherry influence that exists is mild and a nuance - which I like. All of the focus is on the desserty bakery notes that showcase fruit and sweet and spice balance. I think this excels at that. Its a completely different profile from 3yr Deluxe, which I don't mind.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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