As a tasting group, we were no strangers to Compass Box and its whole new calibre of blends. In an earlier session we had even tried a limited edition Great King Street blend – the Experimental Batch.
Here is what we thought of the peaty Glasgow version…
Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend 43%
- Colour – Light straw
- Nose – Nutty, lightly smokey, old furniture, autumn leaves, some spice, a bit of minerals, some vanilla, biscuits
- Palate – Simply superb! Coffee, sweet berries, beautifully well rounded, some basil, a bit woodsy
- Finish – Wood smoke, cinnamon, cloves
Overall we enjoyed our wee nip of this blend and the small bottle was completely polished off!
Here is what the Compass Box folks have to say:
In his 1930 book “Whisky”, Aeneas MacDonald teaches us that Glaswegians historically preferred fuller bodied and more flavour-packed whiskies than people in other parts of the world. So what better name for a whisky such as this?
You’ll find here a rich vein of peaty-smokiness, underpinned by sherry cask-aged whiskies, full of dried fruit and wine character. The palate is full and round, with a sweetness typical of whiskies from our company.
You can also see exactly what this blend is made of, courtesy of the fabulously transparent disclosures of Compass Box.
Here is what else we tried:
- Highland Sweet – Glenmorangie Dornoch 43% – A classic Glenmorangie with a lightest hint of smoke
- Highland Salt – Old Pulteney Dunnet Head 46% – A proper Old Pulteney with every element in balance – sweet, salt with light smoke and spice too!
- Highland Peat – Ardmore Triple Wood Peated 46% – Smokey caramelized bananas
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