According to Aeneas McDonald’s 1930 book “Whisky”, Glaswegians preferred fuller-bodied and flavoursome whiskies to those in other parts of the world, so Compass Box have come up with a rather more In Your Face version of their excellent Great King St blend.
As is usual with Compass Box, the malt to grain ratio is high. 33% of this comes from a Lowland grain distillery, and the rest from Islay, Speyside and the Highlands. The wood is a combination of first-fill sherry casks, first and refill bourbon casks and some new French oak to finish.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Light and yet heavy. Tarry and dry. Underlying fruit (oranges?). White grape juice. Floral.
Palate: Again, pulls off the trick of managing to be both rich and light. Although less pronounced than on the nose the smoke holds the chocolate, spice and coconut together.
Retails for around £25