Compass Box Ethereal contains a Highland single malt (43% Old Pulteney), a Speyside single malt (17% Miltonduff) and two Islay single malts (39% Caol Ila + Ardbeg), all between 17 and 26 years of age.
Nose: starts with plenty of citrus acidity (lemon juice, marmalade, lemon tartlets) as well as unripe apple and green almonds. This mixes with coastal notes (sea spray, wet stone) and a grassy note (pine needles). Also vegetal oil and wee hints of camphor.
Mouth: still this tart, bright fruitiness from the start (lemons, oranges), now with a light tropical touch (pink grapefruit and pineapples). Hints of vanilla and honey, with a moderate peaty and tarry note in the background. White pepper. Iodine and mezcal notes as well.
Finish: quite long, getting a tad sharp at times, with lightly bitter herbs and cloves, seawater and peat.