Oak Cross

  • Independent Bottler: Compass Box
  • ABV 43 %
  • Bottle size: 70 cl
  • Price: £ 38
  • Nose 20/25 - vanilla ice ream, honey and lemon. Quite light weight with a hint of green apple. Very distant mild gingerbread, you'd be excused for thinking this was a grain rather than a malt.
  • Taste 21 /25 - as light as the nose but spicer, still sweet but a sort of roibos tea tannin in the background as well as some fruity dried fig.
  • Finish 20 /25 - remains sweet, loads of oak, here at last you get the malt pushing through. Relatively short.
  • Balance 23 /25 - this is where John Glaser's expert blending shines, he has a deft touch.
  • Total 84 /100