By Matt Goldstein
Named the Oak Cross because it’s aged in very unique oak barrels, the Compass Box Oak Cross Malt Scotch Whisky is made entirely of Highland malts. The whiskies are aged in American Oak casks then an oak cask with French & American Oak. Yes, one barrel with two different oaks, that’s the Oak Cross signature. The Oak Cross is actually a vatted malt which is blended with only single malts and no acutall grain whisky such as a Blended Scotch whisky. These single malt whiskies are hand selected for this specific vatted blend. Bottled at 43% alcohol, the Oak Cross Blended Scotch Whisky is a beautiful light and clear color resembling white wine, a very rare but natural color for a blend. About 50% of the blend is aged in the Oak Cross cooperage and “this is something no one else in Scotland does” according to Compass Box. Ya gotta respect the innovativeness of Compass Box and their willingness to take risks to make a unique and very rewarding whisky. The chief whisky maker at Oak Cross, John Glaser, actually an American and former wine maker, comes with a different background which may be cause for his willingness to branch outside of classic whisky making styles.
Tasting Notes of the Oak Cross Blended Scotch:
With a sharp scent of malt and grains, the Oak Cross has a spicy bite. Thin, sweet, syrupy and smooth, this solid whisky is a stud. For about $35 per bottle retail, the Oak Cross is a solid well rounded whisky. We recommend trying this innovative and unique whiskey as it won’t break the bank and fits any occasion.