Compass Box "5th & Harrison" K&L Exclusive Limited Edition Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-13-2016
Scotch like this, no longer exists in this world. The only reason we have it, is the fact that it took 5 years to complete, 5 years in which the Scotch market has seen unprecedented growth; with every last corner of every last warehouse laid bare. Those 5 years of limbo now act as a time portal back to a time in whisky long since passed. 30 year old Caol Ila and 20 year old Glen Ord? Those aren't things that exist in my world for any sort of reasonable price.
Compass Box has had simply the best old stores of Scotch, and have been the best at creating blends where the sum is far greater than the parts, even when those parts are practically beyond reach on any mere mortal not deeply plugged into the booze industry. "This is Not a Luxury Whisky" was my malt of the year last year.
The 5th and Harrison Blend is now the frontrunner for this year, and it isn’t really close. Deep, rich, and luxurious, the synergy between the two malts brings this to euphoric heights. Opening with a nose of rich mahogany and brandy soaked figs, kisses of maple custard, and supple undulating smoke. Intensely complex and opulent on the palate, hickory smoked maple bars, sweet pralines, rich nutty toffee clusters are seamless companions to a weighty, almost oily mouthfeel. Vanilla and spice cake, candied hazelnuts linger on a finish that is close to flawless. We are so excited that this project has come together, and from the first, incredible sip, it is clear that it was worth the wait.