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Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard

(70cl, 43%)

Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard

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Compass Box The Story Bottling Note

This blended malt from the ever-inventive Compass Box folks if perfect for whisky fans who love a well-sherried dram. Inspired by working on a whisky with The Spaniard bar in New York City, this expression is built around whisky drawn from sherry and Spanish red wine casks. To get all number-y up in here, 48% of the whisky was aged in ex-sherry casks, while a further 25% was aged in ex-Spanish red wine casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Ripe blood orange and toasted vanilla pod. A few hints of fresh malt in the background.

Palate: Sponge cake, chocolate chip and raisin cookies, almond.

Finish: Dried cherry, cinnamon and menthol.

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Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard Reviews

This one has a split personality

For Compass Box, this one is just a tad schizophrenic. If I were sampling this blind, I would swear that it was a conventional malt/grain blend. The nose and taste would seem to indicate a high percentage of mostly young malt but the overall sweetness speaks to me of grain whisky filler, even if it isn't actually there. There's a hint of older tobacco/leather flavor notes that elevates the experience a bit, but the younger whisky (beginning with a slightly fiery nose) predominates all the way through and leads to a short finish. Contrary to the description on the bottle, the fruity, sherry/red wine cask component is rather subdued. Overall, not bad... but not great. Bottom line: for the price I'll be buying of bottle of Spice Tree next time.

17th July 2019

Good but price is a concern

Approachable by anyone with a sweet palate and smooth sweet lightly peppery finish. The price is a concern as there are equally great vatted I mean blended malts that provide as much punch on the palate for cheaper. Overall very good introduction to a spey and highland blend.

20th February 2019

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