The second sample of the ones that Compass Box recently sent me. This is the first permanent edition to their Great King St. series of blends. I never reviewed the first one on this blog but let’s keep it at ‘I friggin’ love that stuff!’.
As far as I know the Great King Street (GKS) is a Clynelish heavy blend with more malts than grains, but of course, that information is not on the label anywhere. The first one had quite a bit of the typical Clynelish waxiness without ever feeling heavy.
And as I said before in the review of The General and The Lost Blend, Compass Box are on a roll. They have been releasing cracking whiskies for a quite some years now and also their standard editions (to which this has been added) are pretty great too, with my favorite being the Peat Monster.
A light note of salt, and some thick syrupy vanilla. Quite some candle wax too, with soft oak and maybe a hint of fresh mint. It’s slightly sandy, and rather crisp. The vanilla is pretty strong in this one, without it smelling like custard.
The palate is surprisingly dry, with some white and black pepper. Oak again too, but more classic than the soft version on the nose. The vanilla is present as well, but not as strong as on the nose. A light flavor of herbs and spices, and maybe some banana and lychee.
The finish has a short burst of heat at first and then mellows quickly to a very well rounded flavor. All flavors and scents of before are present, but in a rather mellow and gentle way. That is not to say it doesn’t last, since the finish is not short at all.
I’ve just looked up that a bottle of this is only £ 30 or so, and only € 31 in The Netherlands. Admitted, this is only half a liter but still for what you’re getting this is some bloody fine whisky! The complexity is just enough to keep you busy if you want, but it’s not a too demanding dram, which means it suits all purposes in my book.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lot of Clynelish in this, or maybe Glenmorangie because of the sweet vanilla and candle wax. Luckily, I really enjoy booze from both these distilleries!
Highly recommended. Who said whisky has to be expensive for it to be good? I love finding little gems like this! It restores some faith in the industry 😉
Great King St. Glasgow Blend, 43%, Compass Box. Available from whiskysite.nl for € 30.99
Full disclosure: Compass Box sent me a sample of this for reviewing purposes. Thanks a million!