Compass Box has become one of the most well respected whisky makers of any kind in the UK. The company’s bold positions on issues surrounding transparency, alongside their consistent high quality whisky releases, have made them something of a cult whisky blender. The Double Single is periodically released as a flagship and special bottling by Compass Box. The name refers to the meeting of two “singles” in the bottling, a single malt and a single grain, creating a simple and superb blended whisky. This bucks the trend in blended whiskies, with the majority being mixtures of dozens of different malts and grains. This particular bottling is made from 72% Glen Elgin Speyside single malt, with the remainder made up of an exceptionally old batch of Girvan single grain whisky. The whisky is tremendous, with excellent balance between the two “singles”.
On the nose this whisky opens with creamy, sweet aromas of chocolate, puffed sugar buns, salted caramel, toffee, vanilla custard, bright oak and sweet cereal notes. The palate is dense, chewy and buttery, with an incredibly thick mouthfeel. A glissando of flavours emerge, with woodspice, toffee, chocolate, crispy salted caramel, overripe bananas and orange peel. The finish is long, with a bright cereal sweetness and lasting dusty oak. Another excellent offering from Compass Box, which really benefits from being bottled at 46% ABV, without chill filtration or colouration. These releases tend to sell fast, so drinkers should move quickly if they want to try this cracking dram!