Whisky Focus - Compass Box Menagerie Review

Compass Box Menagerie

19th March 2021
Compass Box launch Compass Box Menagerie, a limited edition Blended malt containing Scotch single malt whiskies from Mortlach, Deanston, Laphroaig and Glen Elgin distilleries, combined with Compass Box’s Highland Malt Blend.

Compass Box MenagerieThe creative whisky makers at Compass Box has launched their latest limited edition release, Compass Box Menagerie, a Blended malt which they say explores Scotch whisky’s wilder side.

The Compass Box Menagerie is a blend of Scotch single malts from Mortlach Distillery, Deanston Distillery, Laphroaig Distillery and Glen Elgin Distillery, combined with Compass Box’s Highland Malt Blend.

Compass Box lead Whiskymaker James Saxon commented on the latest creation saying: "Scotch whisky has a huge variety of flavour profiles – when whiskymaking, we pay attention to those parcels that deviate slightly from fruity, floral and spicy - ones that taste that little bit wilder than others. And it is these strange and beautiful creatures that we have brought together to create our Menagerie."

Menagerie is described as having a complex aroma of baking spices, leather, tar and musky fruits. The palate is engagingly lush with even more fruit, while oily smoke and forest floor notes linger in the finish. Combine Menagerie with air-dried beef – bresaola or biltong are terrific, and both will bring the whisky’s layers of spicy sweetness into focus.

Compass Box Menagerie has been bottled at 46% ABV and as you would expect from Compass Box it is naturally coloured and non chill-filtered. A limited edition release of 7,741 bottles with RRP of £90 for the 70cl bottle. ABV: 46% it is currently available while stocks last from specialist online whisky retailers  such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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