In an age where single malts get all the attention, maybe itís time to re-evaluate blended whisky. Sure, some of it can be grim but there are dozens of superb blends being overlooked simply because they are a blend. Compass Box, for one, is determined that blends should be given a fairer crack of the whip, so it has created Great King St. With its usual high-quality approach to whisky making, it has released its first version, called The Artistís Blend. Using high quality grain whisky, a higher proportion of malt whisky (almost 50%, compared with the usual 30-40%), top quality oak, no chill-filtering or caramel and bottled at Ďnaturalí strength, this is another top drawer whisky from John Glaser and his team. Just in case you were wondering, Great King St. is the Edinburgh street where Compass Box has its registered office.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Light grain, vanilla fudge and milk chocolate.
Palate: Soft and rounded with vanilla and baked apple. The spice, barely perceptible at first, builds steadily, but never outstays its welcome.
Retails for around £25