Compass Box / The Story of the Spaniard.

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1 x 70cl Bottle
90.5 Points / Jim Murray's 2020 Whisky Bible.
Compass Box / The Story of the Spaniard

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Country/Region: Scotland/Various.

CATEGORY: Blended Malt.

BOTTLER: Compass Box (CB).



STRENGTH: 43% Vol.

A long time ago, John Glaser (whisky maker) and a friend journeyed through the South of Spain, stopping by every little village bar they could. In one place, an elderly man took it upon himself to teach them about the local Sherry wines. They captured John's imagination with their nutty, saline character and tremendous spectrum of style.

Years later, when John discovered Scotch whisky, he was reacquainted with Sherry through whiskies aged in former Sherry casks, which are known for the rich, deep flavours they provide. He'd been drawn to this style of whisky ever since.

Inspired by an eponymously named bespoke whisky he had recently created for a bar in New York City called The Spaniard, he decided to explore this style further to create a malt whisky blend with its core whiskies aged in Spanish Sherry and Spanish red wine casks.

TASTING NOTES: Full, soft and sumptuous on the palate with flavours of citrus peel and pears poached in red wine and spices. The finish is long, with hints of rich vanilla panna cotta, ripe berries and cherries.

In this, the first release, 48% of the whiskies have been aged in ex-Sherry casks.

 Component  Wood Type   Percentage

 Malt Whisky made near the town of Aberlour

 Sherry Butt  40%

 Malt Whisky from Teaninich Distillery

 Wine Cask  25%
 Highland Malt Blend*  Custom French Oak Cask, Heavy Toast  15%
 Malt Whisky from Deanston Distillery  Refill Sherry Butt  8%
 Malt Whisky from Deanston Distillery  Refill Hogshead  7%
 Malt Whisky from Glen Elgin Distillery  Rechar Barrels  5%


*A Blended Malt Scotch Whisky composed of 60% aged malt whisky from the Clynelish distillery, 20% aged malt whisky from the Dailuaine distillery and 20% aged malt whisky from the Teaninich distillery. After vatting, they recask this ‘Highland Malt Blend’ and mature it further in our highly active hybrid casks.