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Compass Box Great King Street - Artist's Blend

A masterful blend

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

18th Feb 2013

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    25
  • Overall
    94

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Description: Over 50% malt, consisting of two northern highland and one Speyside malt along with the Lowland grain whisky. Mostly aged in first-fill American oak, but also toasted French oak and sherry cask. No colouring added. Non-chillfiltered.

Nose: light, tropical, with notes of pineapple, ginger, and toasted grain. Pencil shavings. Juicy malt, dusted lightly with cocoa. Very appealing.

Taste: soft yet full on the tongue, starting very sweet before becoming tangy and gently spiced. Beautiful, mouth-watering delivery full of ripe fruit and vanilla. At the back of the tongue it becomes crisp with toasted oak and sweet, honeyed grains. Magnificent.

Finish: a textbook finish, perfectly consistent and lengthy. Fades with sweet-sour fruitiness and dry oak tannins.

Balance: I don't know what it is but this whisky pushes all the right buttons. It seems to lack nothing, delivering on all fronts. It is light yet full-flavoured and immensely satisfying; a glass of this can last me thirty minutes, easily. Unlike any other blend I've tried. A real winner.

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