CATEGORY: Blended Malt
WHISKY COMPOSITION: Laphroaig, Mortlach, Glen Elgin and Deanston.
BOTTLER: Compass Box.
BOTTLING SERIE: Limited Edition.
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 7741
ABV: 46% Vol.
Whisky is full of life. Scotland especially is home to many different species of spirit, from heavy to light, fruity to smoky, and pungent to ethereal. Certain whiskies taste that little bit wilder than others, and Compass Box have brought together some of these strange and beautiful creatures to create their Menagerie.
They have focused on parcels of malt whisky that in addition to their fruity or spicy charms have something animalic about them just beneath the surface. This is a whisky of mossy woods as opposed to floral meadows; Menagerie is what you put into the hipflask ahead of a Tuscan truffle hunt.
Building on chocolaty and meaty malt whisky from the Mortlach Distillery, they have added whiskies of a citrusy and earthy nature from the Deanston Distillery. The Highland Malt Blend – aged for a number of years in custom French oak barrels – lends a brooding spiciness, while malt whiskies from the Glen Elgin and Laphroaig distilleries bring musky tropical fruit and tarry smoke, respectively.
Rather than a raucous zoo, bringing these specimens together has created harmonious flavours and textures. Gentle notes of spiced honey, toffee and roasted peach are the flavours on which Menagerie’s wild creatures leap and soar.