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.