Compass Box Oak Cross

Compass Box Oak Cross

(0.75l, 43%)


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$62.99
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Highland blend with a clove and fruity character.

If you ever make your way through the dusky maze of pub paved streets in London, you may find yourself looking at a seemingly incongruous Scotch joint. Compass Box was founded in 2000, by Whisky visionary John Glaser, in London England. After a go at the Wine industry, he took a shot at Whisky, working for Diageo. Compass Box is not a distillery, but a blender of fine Scottish Whiskies. Glaser combines the creme de la creme of casks from Islay and Speyside, to the Highlands.

The Compass Box crew are notorious for challenging the status quo, striving to push the boundaries of experimentation without sacrificing quality or taste.

Seemingly uninhibited by the formidable Scottish Whisky industry, Glaser brings a fresh perspective to the art of Whisky making, shifting paradigms… stickin' it to the man. But this visionary Spirit comes at a price, let's not forget, Galileo was convicted of heresy and persecuted.

In 2005, Compass Box had a tasty controversy on their hands; their Spice Tree blended malt. The release was a blended Whisky made using inner staves, or wooden slats inserted into the casks to enhance flavor. Wine-makers use this technique as a more economical way to add oak flavor wine.

Oak Cross is a Highland blend from their Signature Range of Compass Box with a clove and fruity character. It's comprised of 60% fruity malt Whisky from the villages of Brora, 20% meaty malt Whisky from the village of Carron, and 20% fragrant malt Whisky from Alness. For the primary maturation stage, all of the Whiskies are aged in a variety of American oak and French casks. 60% of this blend is then re-casked in Glaser's distinct hybrid casks.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Scotland
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Compass Box
  • Age
    NAS

Flavor Spiral™

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spicy
vanilla
clove
malty
oak
milk
toffee
stewed fruit
apple
What does Compass Box Oak Cross taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light yellow amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Light, stewed fruit, ginger, spice, toffee apple.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Clove, vanilla, sweet malt, fruit.

Finish
Oak, malt, spice, sweetness, milk.

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Ratings & Reviews
Neil
Neil,
mmmm
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Toffee and oak notes. Spice and vanilla on the tongue
 
Maryjo
Maryjo,
Smooth and the best taste of scotch I've had in awhile. 12/2020
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Spicy! Really like this scotch!
 
Westberg
Westberg,
one of my favorites from the Advent Calendar
 
Ben
Ben,
Apple, fruit, citrus
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Vanilla and spice followed by oak and fading to apple. This is good.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
A good blended single malt. Definite spice, and also a strong blend of spices. Smooth on the back end.
 
Frank
Frank,
(Advent 2020, #23) Sweet toffee and a little oak in the nose. Tasting it there's a spicy bit (which mellows with a cube of ice), malt, and sweet vanilla flavor. The finish is nice.
 
Todd
Todd,
The right amount of spicy. Water brings more out of this one. I would have again.
 
Michael
Michael,
Like Compass Box blends — peat monster was fine - this is another good one. Smooth through... nice flavors
 
Tracy
Tracy,
Smells sweet and fruity, initially tasted very spicy but mellowed out a little with an ice cube. I don’t often like whiskeys with much oak, but the oak is balanced with the other flavors, not my favorite but definitely not bad.
 
Brady
Brady,
Smooth up front, then spicy and an interesting fruit taste at the end. It’s decent and I think a little more aging would do it well.
 
Jason
Jason,
Very nice. Sweet vanilla and fruit. A pleasant spicy oak bite toward the end. Enjoyable finish. A favorite thus far.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Advent Day 23 - Fruity and sweet nose with hints of ginger, cloves on the palate before a malty finish with notes of apples and milk. Overall, this was a nice dram for the final days of Advent.
 
Louise
Louise,
Sweet. Maybe an after dinner drink.
 
Adam
Adam,
Really nice, smooth drink. Definitely a strong fruit flavor, with a quick punch of apple midway. Creamy, and good mouthfeel.
 
Mike
Mike,
Very smooth, complex flavor without anything that's going to push people away. An interesting take on the Highlands.
 
Derek
Derek,
Apple, vanilla, and malt on the nose. A light, well-balanced sweetness on the palate with only the mildest spice. Just the tiniest hint of clove on the finish. Smooth, easy drinker. Probably would have been an 8 for me if the spice and clove had been more pronounced.
 
Bob
Bob,
Flaviar Advent sampler day 23. This is a very nice Scotch! I wonder if Flaviar is saving the best for (next-to) last. A bit of a bite but not overpowering. Cloves and vanilla are primarily what I taste (plus spice, of course). I'd definitely buy a bottle of this. Definitely in the top 3 selections in this sampler.
 
James
James,
Above average Scotch and enjoyable; punches above it's weight for the price point. Nose is a bit medicinal with some oak, peat & spice Initial light spice in the mouth transitions to a bit of oak, sweetness, and a short lived finish. Overall, tastes better than it smells. I enjoyed it but likely wouldn't buy it. advent day 23, 2020
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Really nice. Very well crafted. Balanced, complex, easy to sip.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Not at all spicy. Very smooth, very sweet, with a hint of fruit and cream oatmeal. The clove and oak build to a light, medium-length vanilla finish. Good blend, with primarily fruitier malts prevalent.
 
James
James,
Well blended and smooth, a zesty yet silky feel with tingly finish that is just short of bite
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Enjoyable, but not running out for a bottle. Definite apple on the nose, plus scalded milk. Opens up with a good hit of malt on the tongue, followed by caramel and clove. For me the oak built as I made my way through the glass. On a larger pour it might have become overpowering.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Simply delicious
 
Michele
Michele,
Sweet up front then spicy. Really a lovely sipper.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Very smooth and very interesting flavors. Big oak and the clove makes it more complex. I didn't feel like this was a spicy as the spiral leads to believe.
 
Laura
Laura,
Strong woody taste. Very interesting flavors. Worth savoring, still drinkable.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Very smooth but too light for my tastes. More of an introductory whisky
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Advent 2020 #23 - spicy spicy spicy. A little levity of smith/sweet at the end, but the warmth sticks around. It's ok, but not worth it for us.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Light, sweet, easy to drink, almost floral taste. Really enjoyed it.
 
Rick
Rick,
This is lighter, reminds me more of a Japanese whiskey. Has a nice burn but is more gentle and not Smokey. Enjoyed this one.
 
Tristen
Tristen,
Aroma - sweet, hints of apple (possibly green apple)
 
Jake
Jake,
This truly is a delicious blend. I recommend it to new scotch drinkers and old alike. Whether your palate is seasoned or novice you will enjoy this whiskey very much. Bottles like this don't last long in my cabinet and I must order more soon!
 
Anthony
Anthony,
nose: spiced fruits, very complex nose, difficult to pinpoint the exact notes, grapes, apples, palate: slightly poily, berries, lots of spices finish: spiced apples, red berries, medium long finish, oak, slight milk chocolate, a little watery overall" if the finish didnt have a 'watery' aftertaste, i would bump it up a few. solid but still missing some coherence
 
Brian
Brian,
My new favorite! Nice start with great finish!
 
Ty
Ty,
My least favorite Compass Box that I've tried. A good dram for sure, but not as balanced as their other offerings. This is probably a polarizing whisky. Very strong oaky spiciness and bitterness. You definitely taste the American oak and European oak. That might be perfect for some, but just doesn't align with my palate.
 
guest
guest,
Horrible
 
Jason
Jason,
Tasty, not exceptionally peaty. Don't add ice.
 
Robert
Robert,
Very smooth enjoyable neat or on the rocks. Will definitely restock the bar with it when it's gone.
 
Deja
Deja,
Subtle with very little bite.
 
Dane
Dane,
Very acidic and thin; quite disappointed
 
guest
guest,
Beautiful blend.
 
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