I really enjoyed the original CB Delilah’s and so when I got the opportunity to try the new Compass Box Delilah’s XXV limited release I was excited. The original wasn’t deeply complex or anything like that, it was just an extremely solid, tasty and sippable whisky so in my head an older version had to be even better… right?
There are a lot of independent bottlers out there who will put out a blend from time to time, but it’s not their focus, and sometime’s they’ll create a hit, but often a miss. The beauty of Compass Box is that they set out from the beginning to be the best blending house they possibly could be. To create something that is more than the sum of its parts and I’ve always admired them for taking that road and doing it so well.
Compass Box Delilah’s XXV Review: Details and Tasting Notes
In Compass Box’s Words: Compass Box Delilah’s XXV
The recipe for our second homage to Delilah’s was built around a small parcel of the original Compass Box Delilah’s blend released in 2013 – a luscious, American oak-aged whisky that we aged in cask for a further five years – with the addition of malt whisky aged in Spanish Sherry casks, also made of American oak.
Compass Box Delilah’s XXV price, ABV, age and other details
Blender: Compass Box
Blend: Delilah’s 20th Anniversary (29%, Refill Hogg), Cameron Bridge (10.5%, ex-Bourbon), Miltonduff (10.5%, ex-Bourbon), Teaninich (20%, ex-Sherry), Aberlour (15%, ex-Sherry), Linkwood (15%, ex-Sherry)
Casks: Refill Hogshead, ex-Bourbon (first fill), ex-Sherry (first fill)
Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Batch: XXV LE
Compass Box Delilah’s XXV Tasting Notes
Apricots, sherry, orchard fruit, cocoa, dark fruit, char, Tootsie Rolls, strawberry Necco, citric acid and a bit of spice.
Apricots, sherry, orchard fruit, graham, spice, leather, cocoa, ash, citrus and a touch of vanilla.
Med-Long -> Sherry, oak, ash, Necco and vanilla.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Good balance, round body and a velvety feel.
Compass Box Delilah’s XXV Review: OVERALL
I enjoyed the original Delilah’s quite a bit, it was tasty and fun, but this… this beat it. The Compass Box Delilah’s XXV is an elegant, more elevated riff on the original, which I had around a mid-high B. This is richer, denser and more delicious in every way.
The aroma is fruity and malty with a kick of sherry; the palate is very similar but with a layer of char; the finish is a nice velvety fade of that malty sherry sweetness. Honestly, there’s nothing to not like about this whisky. Definitely recommend it.
SCORE: 88/100 (B+)
Thanks to Bozzy for the taste and sample.
Compass Box Delilah's XXV Review
- Nose - 88
- Palate - 89
- Finish - 88
- Balance, Body & Feel - 89
Compass Box Delilah's XXV Review Summary
Compass Box Delilah’s XXV is good… real good.