Compass Box – Great King Street Glasgow Blend – 43%
Glasgow Blend is the second permanent whisky to be introduced to the Great King Street range of innovative, small-batch Blended Scotch whiskies from Compass Box.
It is made from approximately 67% malt whisky from the regions of Islay, the Highlands and Speyside and 33% Lowland grain whisky from a Fife distillery.
It is aged in a combination of first-fill Sherry casks, first-fill and refill ex-Bourbon barrels with a small portion of new French oak finishing. It is bottled at the traditional bottling strength of 43%, is not chill-filtered and is a natural colour.
Priced at around £30 in the UK and €36 in Europe for a 50cl.
Now on to my notes and thoughts…
Nose: Big whisky nose, malty, sweet sherryness and peaty smoke with a wine hint.
Palate: Big thick and more mossy dry oak peat than you might expect at first. It’s sweet with some autumn fruits and nuts.
Finish: The finish is lead by barley and grass tones quickly followed up by the mossy peat and then the sweet sherry tones. It’s long and luscious.
Thoughts: Around £30 for non chill filtered and not coloured, that’s got to be a sweet spot right there hasn’t it? You’d be right! Excellent value, classic style whisky. How is a 43% non chill filtered whisky not cloudy? I’ve no idea!
Thanks to Compass Box for the sample.