||3 yrs; 30 gallon barrels|
||100% Unmalted Nova Scotia Rye|
|Distiller||Compass (Halifax, NS)|
This rye whisky is Compass’ first whisky, made from local rye. The distillery was keen to put forward a rye-forward whisky early on, but there is more whisky coming like blends of corn and rye whiskies, and others. The profile sought is that of American whiskies - big, oaky, and rich.
Batch: N/A (the first batch, yield of 630 bottles)
Bottling Date: 2020
Bottling Code: N/A
The whisky comes on immediately – densely oaky and spicy. Sharp oak, wet wood, hardwood forest, cinnamon, pear, dried apricot, toasted rye bread, mint, and sorrel – rye and oak, indeed, bring out loads of complexity. The palate is full of oak, vanilla, tannins up front, but underneath there is a deep array of spice, apple, molasses, and multigrain toast. Herbal notes wrap up the palate before oak, spice, rose, and vanilla take over on the finish. Complex stuff!
Quite a nice effort for Compass’ first whisky. It is quite oaky and doesn’t have any of the raw, oily characteristics that many young whiskies can have.
Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Average at $44.22/500 ml. It’s nice to see more products coming from small producers that have the ability to compete against the global whisky market in price and quality.