Compass Boxs Oak Cross Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Compass Boxs Oak Cross

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Compass Box

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Chinese five spice and cream finish up the dram with a weightiness that is neither too heavy or too light.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: I’m picking up evenly-proportioned notes of vanilla and coconut, with more subtle notes of clove, anise, and delicate fruit, all wrapped up in a gentle, malty body. A very versatile whisky.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I can see where this release could be intended as a bridge between Asyla and Spice Tree, but I don’t think it quite holds up. While I appreciate the release for having as strong an individual identity as any from Compass Box, I don’t feel the blend is quite up to par with its label mates.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Whatever the case, I definitely like the result and would be happy to raise a glass of the Compass Box Oak Cross any day.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: It was busy, but too much so. It was good but thin - not at all unpleasant but not really solid either.
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  • Nose:

    Pear, apple, vanilla. Wazy fruits, mild oakiness. Reminds me very much of Great King Street artist blend.

  • Taste:

    Thin but fruity and delicate. Sweet with very heavy nods to apple, pear, some lemon zest, little to no heat.

  • Finish:

    Short, like a wisp.

  • Overall:

    I wanted to like this but it seemed like a delicate version of Great King Street. It was busy, but too much so. It was good but thin - not at all unpleasant but not really solid either. I feel like this was just over-engineered without a solid footing in what it needed to be. Rank 4.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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