Compass Box Great King St. Glasgow Blend
Staff Pick

Compass Box Great King St. Glasgow Blend

Item # 32431 750mL
$34.96/ Single Bottle
$209.76/ Case of 6
ABV
43.00%
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Tasting Notes

The second permanent installment in Compass Box's Great King Street line of blended malt whiskies is a doozy. Meant in part as an homage to rich, full-hearted blends from the 19th century that built Scotch whisky into what it is today and gave life and purpose to so many single malt distilleries, the Glasgow blend consists of a very high percentage of mature single malt--68% to be exact. Most of it comes from the Benrinnes. The addition of some peated malt, as well as a healthy dose of Sherry-matured spirit means that this whisky easily lives up to its mission and for the value it is something everyone should try.


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Staff Pick Notes

I’m not usually one to gush but, “Hot Damn!” Compass Box's newest addition to the Great King Street line is flat out impressive. It consists of 67% single malts from Highlands, Speyside, and Islay. The remainder is Lowland grain whisky. It’s aged in ex-bourbon and first-fill Sherry casks. It’s drams like this one that show where blended whisky flourishes and single malts fall short. There is a lot of rigmarole to making a spirit like this, but the end results make the extra steps worthwhile. The nose has delicate peat, red berries, figs, and a little white pepper. The palate follows with sweet tobacco, jalapeño, some Sherry fruit, and ample peat. This whisky is ideal for that “Single Malts Only” drinker that you know.

- SD

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Scotland

History:
Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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