Tasting Compass Box Canto Cask #47
Great start with an apple and orange blend. I can nose all the green and red apples like they are put in a basket and handed to me in an orange tree garden. Then raisins appear with light tobacco. Manuka honey notes become distinct as toasted flavors of browned butter and molasses blend with milk chocolate. Lovely nose!
The palate has some of my favorite notes, violet! Raisins and stone fruits are joined by violet aromas then the front of my tongue feels the savory, salted caramel frosting with baking spices. Black pepper keeps the palate awake and alive. The palate is really powerful with a waxy Clynelish character surrounded by nutmeg, cassia and some funky rum.
The finish is really long, oak spices dominate the start of the last few moments. Vanilla, tobacco, cedar tree and of course black pepper. Roasted almond with still a touch of that waxy feeling on the palate.
Compass Box Canto Cask #47
I am so regretful that I wasn't anywhere close to the experience I had with Compass Box when this bottle was released back in 2007. I would be all over the world, trying to find the 16 casks.
Canto Cask #47 fulfilled my expectations of what was actually targeted by John Glaser. From the moment I nosed the glass to the last drop, I think the whisky just gave joy. Nothing wrong, no dull or off-notes. A stunning whisky put together perfectly.