Compass Box Affinity A Blend Of Scotch Whisky and Calvados
Sometimes in life, there are two things with a shared nature, a kinship. They are somehow meant to be together, despite apparent differences. Such is the case with Scotch whisky and Calvados.
Scotland and Normandy are both northern European; they share a cool, maritime climate. While one grows principally cereals, and the other is known for its apples, these agricultural products have a long history of usage together, especially in baking which invited guys behind the Compass Box brand an opportunity for a new collaboration.
They have been blending Calvados with Scotch whisky at home and in the blending room for years. The flavor combination is classic: apples and spice riffing off dried fruits and vanilla. When they were able to source Calvados of the right quality, and in enough quantities, the decision was made to share their private experiments with the world. We think you’ll agree that these two spirits really do have an Affinity for one another.
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.