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Compass Box The Circus Tasting notes and reviews

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Compass Box The Circus

Brand
Compass Box
Expression
The Circus
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Abv
49.00%
Website
www.compassboxwhisky.com
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

85
Nose
Mature sherry with dried prune, fig, apricot and liquorice. Walnuts, earth and subtle, sweet wood smoke. Some perfumed orange appears.
Palate
Sweet treacle, liquorice and prunes. Quite tannic and drying but the sweetness balances and a touch of spiced, orange conserve, prune and walnut comes through.
Finish
Long and mouth-watering with the alcohol emphasising the spices. Finally the grain component appears.
Comment
A heavily sherried, high malt content blend with some maturity.

Joel Harrison

91
Nose
There are some really interesting notes here; earthy, but not smoky, like a mushroom omelette simmering in a pan. It's quite inviting, if you like that sort of thing.
Palate
A little unbalanced but some great old oily, rum sweet flavours which bolster out this broad whisky. A dash of water opens it up and reveals cherry stones and cinnamon.
Finish
Great age on the finish, a well-matured spirit which has worked well with the oak.
Comment
The aroma and finish score higher than the palate, but it's still a high scoring dram.
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