One of my favorites stops at the The Whisky Show in London is the Number One stand with their fantastic Karuizawa ( don’t give them a try, it is bad stuff, forget about what I have written. Pesky whisky! ) and Compass Box stand with their whiskies…
I am realizing that they are quite opposite style, one is about a dismantled distillery’s single casks monsters and the other is about good whisky for everyone. I have tasted now a few Compass Box whiskies over the years and I am not going to see all of them are fantastic but definitively none of them dissappoint!
Today I review two of their new additions to the range: Great king St. Glasgow Blend and The Lost Blend. Remember that as always I do taste the whisky blind, and later I read all the PR stuff to write these awesome articles like this one :D
Compass Box Great King St. Glasgow Blend
The original Great King St. Artist Blend is an interesting whisky, really nice for a blend. Later I tasted in Whisky Show 2013 two experimental releases: Smokey and Sherried. I usually love peated whiskies but at that time, despite both were quite good, I prefered the sherried one slightly over the original Great King St.
So when I decided to taste this one first, I was expecting a decent smooth blend and I found this whisky instead :)
“Hahaha! I love Compass Box! I was expecting a delicate dram and found this lovely peated beast! Shut up and take my money!”
This dram has a white wine-like color.
Nose (90): more than average. honey, smoke, citrus, spices, vanilla, wood, candies, earth. Delicious! Caol Ila?
Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, peat, wood, citrus, spices, pepper, vanilla, earth, coffee, cocoa beans.
Finish (90): longer than average. honey, peat, citrus.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Compass Box Great King Street / Glasgow Blend Blended Scotch Whisky with 90 points over 100.
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Compass Box The Lost Blend
My hype-o-meter gets high when I read such sumptuous names, but considering it is a Compass Box whisky let’s give it a try…
“More sutile than Great King St. It is peated but more delicate and complex. And the extra 3% works quite well here”
This dram has a fino-like color.
Nose (89): more than average. honey, flowers, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, candies, apples. Delicate!
Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, peat, vanilla, citrus, spices, fruits, pepper, wood, toffee, flowers.
Finish (91): longer than average. honey, peat, spices, vanilla, citrus.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Compass Box The Lost Blend Blended Malt Scotch Whisky with 90 points over 100.
The Lost Blend is more sutile and complex that the delicious punch peat of Glasgow blend… but Glasgow Blend is just more direct and sincere. A delicious peat punch deliver directly to your palate… It would be hard to choose between them, and the scores show it. I suppose I would buy Great King St. just because I am a peat-head.