Compass Box / Asyla.

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Compass Box / Asyla

COUNTRY/REGION: Scotland/.

CATEGORY: Blend.

BOTTLER: Compass Box (CB).

STRENGTH: 40% Vol.

SIZE: 700 ml.

FLAVOUR DESCRIPTORS: Sweet, delicate and very smooth on the palate, with flavours of vanilla-cream, cereals and a subtle apple like fruit character.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Ideal as an aperitif served in a white wine or similar glass with chilled water to taste. Try before a meal with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano.

DISTILLERY SOURCING: Single malts from the towns of Alness and Longmorn, single grain whisky from Fife.

WOOD: 100% first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon.

THE SECRET IS IN THE OAK: The secret to making Asyla is the quality of the casks. We use only whiskies aged in first-fill American oak casks because these yield whiskies with more vanilla character, more richness and more sweetness than Refill casks. Asyla is made with 50% malt whisky. There are few blended Scotches that use as high a malt content as we do at Compass Box. The result is a carefully crafted, elegant blended Scotch whisky that makes the perfect aperitif.

THE SIGNATURE RANGE FROM COMPASS BOX: Asyla is part of the Signature Range from Compass Box. The five Scotch whiskies in this range cover the entire spectrum of Scotch whisky styles, from the delicate, sweet character of Asyla, to the subtle vanilla, clove and fruity characteristics of Oak Cross, the rich and spice notes of The Spice Tree, the peatysmoky character of The Peat Monster and the elegant flavours of vanilla cream, toffee and coconut in Hedonism. Each is made from the highest quality casks, to create more complexity. The whiskies are combined according to each recipe and returned to casks for marrying up to 24 months before bottling.

Steps like these enhance complexity, flavour integration and soft mouthfeel. Extra steps, but we think they’re worth it.

*Update (June 2018) from Compass Box:

We regret to inform you that when our current case inventories are gone, Asyla will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.

The demand for Asyla is such that we have run out of stock of the appropriate age range of the key single malts for this recipe. We have these single malts in our maturing stock, but they will not reach the appropriate maturity we need for the Asyla recipe for several more years.

We are searching the market in Scotland for appropriately mature stocks of these malts. If we find even a small parcel, we will consider making an Asyla limited edition. Long-term, we hope to bring back Asyla permanently when our current stocks come to maturity.

We will keep you posted. Thank you for your understanding.