Compass Box "Affinity" Calvados & Scotch
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Affinity showcases classic flavors from an unexpected kinship. After blending Calvados with Scotch whisky at home and in their blending room for years, Compass Box saw an opportunity for a new collaboration. The flavor combination showcases apples and spice riffing off dried fruits and vanilla. Finally able to source Calvados of the right quality, and in enough quantities, they decided to share their private experiments with the world.
Orchard fruit notes are common to both Calvados and Scotch malt whisky. Many Calvados producers double-distill in pot stills, just like their Scottish cousins. Maturation in French oak is another aspect of their shared DNA. These two spirits share richness, sweetness, and complexity; the Calvados lends an intensity and length to the finish which enhances the character of the Scotch whiskies.