Thanks to /u/TequilaJunction for this sample.
And we finish my small foray into Compass Box with a look at things that shouldn’t work, but do.
You know, like a door that hangs off the hinges but makes everyone believe the house doesn’t have anything worth stealing. Or the idea of the Star Wars plan.
Not the plan to make the Death Star, or the plan to make the movies. Rather the plan of having satellites that screwed up the missile system of nukes coming into the US. It didn’t work. It was horrible, and based on what I’ve heard, would fire on bonfires in the USSR.
However the constant horse shit drove the USSR to run out of money. Or at least that’s what I was taught in grade 10. I’m assuming there was more to it.
So what doesn’t work here? Well it doesn’t work for me.
Compass Box The Lost Blend would seem like a no-brainer for me. It’s named in honour of Eleuthera, Compass Box’s own lost blend. I should want it so much, as I never had the chance to try Eleuthera.
However I’m also not a big Clynelish fan. And this malt is comprised of 80% unpeated Highland malts (Clynelish and Allt-a-Bhainne) and 20% peated Islay from Caol Ila.
I mean, I like Allt-a-Bhainne, and I love Caol Ila… but that’s a lot of Clynelish. So I’m a little worried about this one.
Oh well, let’s see how it tastes.
Colour: 5Y 9/6
Nose: Honey, tangerine, wax, butter, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, thyme
Hmm… I can tell there’s Clynelish in here, as /u/_xile told me before I reviewed it, however it’s not “meh” as usual. There’s a bunch of fruit, honey, and spices here.
It reminds me of going honey tasting. There’s typically a cinnamon honey, some honey still on the comb, and really floral or fruity honeys. So I’m in a happy place.
Taste: Cinnamon, lemon, walnut, coffee, brown butter, cocoa butter
Wow. I love cinnamon. I can’t have walnut or coffee. So this is everything I miss.
Also there’s a thick feel to this one. Almost like having an over-buttered piece of bread. And I don’t mean that in the “lost at the cracker game” kinda way.
Finish: Dark honey, green melon, orange peel, mesquite, basil, nutmeg
Hey, more honey, what a surprise? The finish is odd. More odd the the last mixes. This has really unique flavours. I’m not 100% on all of them, but I like it.
Conclusion: This is a unique, interesting dram. Reviewing past Clynelish reviews, I feel it usually misses something unique, which is probably why I am not the biggest fan of it. Don’t get be wrong, I still review them well, however not this well.
Honestly I like this dram. It’s tasty, unique, and has a great nose. The finish is odd, sure, however there’s worst things out there. I’d recommend you try a dram of this.
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