Compass Box Story of the Spaniard Scotch Whisky
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Compass Box Story of the Spaniard Scotch Whisky

Item # 39460 750mL
$84.96/ Single Bottle
$509.76/ Case of 6
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Tasting Notes

A complex and creative whisky that still fits the mold of an everyday sipper. Comprised of bevy of distillers including Aberlour, Teaninich, Deanston and Glen Elgin, beyond the expected Sherry Butt, you'll also find stocks drawn from red wine casks and heavily toasted French oak. Very tasty.

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Staff Pick Notes

One of the funny things about my wine journey was not starting with still wines, but fortified wines like sherry. It came to my surprise when I learned that people were aging whiskeys in sherry casks and ever since, I have been hooked on sherry matured whiskeys. John Glaser’s trip to Spain exposed him to Sherry and Spanish reds as well which is the main focus of this whiskey. A blend of Highland and Speyside whiskies, 80% of which have been matured in Spanish casks, the aromas of citrus peel, dates, all spice and red fruit drizzle sing harmoniously. On the other hand, the vibrant flavors of candied ginger, star anise, mulled orchard fruit and spiced vanilla display the malts in the blend absorbing the oak flavors for a complex and balanced late night dram.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


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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