Compass Box Oak Cross

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alc./vol: 43%

Proof: 86°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

This whisky is so named because "combines vanilla characters from American oak and spicy, clove-like characters from French oak." Whisky innovators Compass Box experimented with secondary maturation of malt whiskies in casks fitted with new French oak heads, this whisky being the result.

About 50% of the whisky in the blend in aged in the 'Oak Cross' casks and after blending the whisky is returned to wood for a marrying period of up to a year before bottling. Old Cross is made entirely of Highland single malt whiskies led by Teaninich with malts from Brora and Carron, all aged 10 to 12 years and is bottled at natural colour without the chill filtration.

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Review and Tasting

Sampled on 11/08/2010


Golden straw, corn yellow.


Buttered scones, orange oil, vanilla and oak.


Celery salty, yet slightly sweet with dried apricot, orange zesty-ness and a hint of bourbon cigar leaf.


Finishes dry and spicy.

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Closure: Natural cork stopper

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Produced by: Compass Box Whisky Company
UK consumer PR by: MPR Communications
UK trade PR by: MPR Communications

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