The Eleuthera and the Flaming Heart were the poorest bottlings of CB and Oak Cross was the best, but thereÂ´s still some distance to very good.
Much more complex, more taste of iodine / seaweed and a much better dram.
This latest version has another Islay whisky in the mix and if you know your Islays, it won't be difficult to identify which one.
I have also tasted Asyla, Oak Cross and Eleuthera.
Colour: Light yellow, delicate.
Nose: Light perfume, slightly floral, almost citrus.
Palate: Initial cream, very smooth, vanilla, lime and a little honey.
Impression: Delicate, pleasant, but not exceptional.
Compass Box Eleuthera (Taken from my "...... Whisky for One" thread
Nose: This CB is light and delicate. But with an almost insignificant nose. It really is hard to describe.
Palate: I usually try this one early in a tasting, but today it comes fourth in the line-up and for the first time, I am now identifying some slightly different characteristics. This has a real maritime feel. Not peaty or smoky, but in amongst that light floral character are hints of sea air and salt.
Overall impression: I do like the CB Eleuthera and it was a delight to suddenly find the maritime characteristics. Maybe this was due to already having sampled a few other drams, none of which had this character!
Or maybe it has just changed over time as the bottle was down to the last quarter.
Either way, this is a good light whisky.
Of course the one you ask about (Oak Cross) is the one whose tasting notes I can't find right now.
I used it alongside Eleuthera in a tasting quite some time ago and although my preference was for Eleuthera, the majority of attendees preferred the Oak Cross.
I should still have one open in my pub so I will try and bring a small sample home and write the notes for you over the coming weekend.
at least there interesting, although not all of them are to my taste
I found the Oak Cross rather spicy (cinamon, cloves)
It's sort of teh continuation of teh Spice Tree, which they weren't allowed to do anymore (at least: not call it whisky)
With the Spice Tree they had put in staves inside the cask taht were from difeerent kind of wood and had different toasting levels than the cask. Which resulted in a very spicy whisky (here they did get the name right
The Oak Cross has heads in the cask which are different from the wood for the cask. Bit less spicy than the Spice Tree, but in my opinion still a very nice and intersting dram.
As for the Peat "Monster" I to recently sampled teh new one (the magnum bottling), Very diffferent from the previous one, and an improvement!
The Peat Monster was far from it, but not bad. Hedonism is the best of the lineup that I've tried.
The bottle also looks horrible. If I brought this out infront on Winston Churchill he would have me sent to an irish labour camp. LOL
it is well worth trying.
As I mentioned, when I used it in a tasting, it was much praised and voted best dram of the evening.
My own preference was for the Eleuthera, but that's only my own taste.
What I can say, is that the 'experts' berated it at one time for being quite different, also that it changed on the palate. I think one described it as going in too many different directions.
The people on my tasting liked this. They liked the idea that it offered something different.
Personally, I liekd the much lighter, more gentle approach of Eleuthera, but I certainly didn't dislike the Oak Cross.
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