My partner will sometimes introduce me as a ‘Single Malt Snob’… he does so with great affection and humour, knowing I’m far from snobbish in life but am particular about my whiskies.
It does highlight a perception that an old single malt MUST be good whereas a blended whisky MUST be rubbish.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
While there are some absolutely stunning single malts… there are equally some rather good blends.
And the folks over at Compass Box are out to prove you should pay attention to well crafted blended whiskies. They keep surprising whisky watchers with their creative approach and beautiful marriage of art and science.
They also set in motion a movement for transparency after being told to stop disclosing the component whiskies that go into their blends.
They aren’t demanding others mandatorily disclose what goes into that whisky you love so much… they are simply asking for the right to share with consumers what goes what they create.
Hard to argue with such an approach but they have a fight on their hands… read more here.
Living in India means either sampling these blends outside of the country or depending on a whisky club member to source and bring into the country…
Through both approaches, have enjoyed til date seven Compass Box blends:
- Asyla 40% – A beautiful woman – light, soft fruits and perfume delight
- Great King’s Cross Artist’s Blend & Glasgow Blend 43% – Two contrasting ends of a well crafted spectrum from citrus spice to smokey sweet
- Hedonism 43% – Unusual and one you grow to love or simply not connect with… however clearly unforgettable
- Juveniles 46% – Uncomplicated, sprightly and playful
- Spice Tree 46% – Think roasted spices with zest à la chilli chocolate…
- The Peat Monster 46% – No hairy scary monster, it is rich peaty and surprisingly well-balanced
Anyone have a favourite Compass Box blend? Or another blended whisky?
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