Compass Box 3 Year Old Deluxe Review

This is a blended malt expression from Compass Box whose name is a jab at the labeling laws which prevent you from using an older age statement in your label if you have a portion of younger whisky in the blend. In this case, the blend is made up of Clynelish and Talisker in the following proportions: 90.3% “Malt whisky produced near the village of Brora” (Refill Hogshead – no age provided), 9.3% “Malt whisky produced on the Isle of Skye” (First fill sherry butt – no age provided), and .4% “Malt Whisky produced near the village of Brora” (First fill american standard barrel – 3 year old – hence the name). It’s bottled at 49.2% ABV.

Nose: Peaches and buttercream frosting with big waxy notes – leads into pears, cinnamon, and honeydew melon. A bit of smoke appears from the Talisker.

Palate: Heavy oak up front introducing some bitterness into the fruit mix – waxy fruits are dialed way down from the nose with more cinnamon, apples, and heavily spiced chai.

Finish: Bitter, dry, and oak heavy with a hint of anise and spiced pears.

Rating: 83/100 – I thought I’d like this one a lot more given the fact I love Clynelish and Talisker. The palate/finish are too over oaked for my taste, and a lot of the lovely fruit notes from the nose drop off as a result.

Value for the money: These currently retail around $280, and while I was going to buy one originally, I think I’ll pass after trying this sample. This one is definitely a try before you buy in my opinion.

2 thoughts on “Compass Box 3 Year Old Deluxe Review”

  1. Thanks for the review. I’m a big Clynelish and Talisker fan as well but at $280.00 and 3 year old, ; )
    , well, that’s a bit much. I would be tempted though at a lower price.

    1. I’d probably buy at a lower price as well, but not sure how low it would have to be. Maybe $100-125 or so – but part of me thinks I’m just not sure I’d enjoy a whole bottle of it.

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