Blended Malt, Scotland, 70cl, Ref: 18335
Founded by Tim Johnston some twenty years ago, “Juveniles” is named after a famous Parisian bistrot located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. The first version of this blended malt, released at the end of 2003, met with huge success. At the time, it helped establish Compass Box’s growing reputation with enthusiasts. This second “Juveniles” could almost be mistaken for its predecessor. The magic of John Glaser strikes again.
Profile: complex, fresh. A fruit basket (pear, apple, orange, lemon, pineapple) and coconut. Liquorice and woody notes gradually soften (almond milk, toffee).
- Appearance : greenish gold.
- Nose : fine, fresh. The initial bouquet is an expertly-crafted cocktail of fresh fruit (pear, apple), citrus fruit (orange), exotic fruit (pineapple) and coconut. It has great complexity. It then becomes liquoricey and delicately woody (new oak). With perfect balance, it develops mentholated, medicinal (ointment) notes before gaining in sweetness (almond milk, toffee).
- Palate : clear, lively. Malted barley plays a central role in the attack. It is gradually enveloped in vanilla and mild spices (cumin, cinnamon). The mid-palate is deliciously fruity (Mirabelle plum, quince). Tertiary, it lingers with notes of mushrooms and aromatic plants (sage, wild thyme).
- Overall : long, very balanced. Its centre has lost of none of its richness. Creamy and powdery (rice pudding), it is also marked by fresh tobacco and latte. Spices (cardamom) elevate the end of the palate. The retronasal olfaction is balsamic (cedar) and stewed (rhubarb, peach). The empty glass is heady, woody and spicy.
- The brand
Compass Box is unique in the world of whisky. Founded just over ten years ago, it is a small independent company specialising in the blending of whiskies bought from the main whisky producers. Compass Box has made this its speciality, becoming the master in its fields of blended malts, blended grains and blended whisky, with each category represented in its portfolio. It is also a company with a genuine philosophy, elevating blending to a worthy, noble task, distancing itself from its industrial image and reasserting the value of its craft as a ‘whiskymaker’.
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