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Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard

Candied Fruit

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Feb 2019


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The most recent release of enfant terrible John Glazer is this ‘The Story of the Spaniard’. Some 340 bottles were already release for The Spaniard, a cocktailbar in New York. This is the general release for us regular mortals. It was composed with 40% Aberlour on sherry butt, 25% Teaninich on wine cask, Deanston on refill butt for 8% and refill hogshead for 7%, 5% Glen Elgin from recharred barrels and finally 15% Highland Blended malt from heavily toasted French oak. For the anoraks: that final 15% consists of 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine and 20% Teaninich). You still with me? The nose is very soft. Sugared oranges, baked apples sprinkled with cinnamon and some sweet strawberries. A mild sour note in the back. All said and done not very complex, but quite pleasant all the same. Oily on the palate. Pleasantly sweet & sour – that’s the wine speaking – with a bitter touch. Good balance. Red fruit, citrus, grapefruit. Cinnamon and cloves. Caramel and honey. The fruit evolves towards the candied variety. This is not bad at all. The finish is medium long, in which the baked apples and cloves do an encore. Nice blended malt from Compass Box, without being grand. But very friendly priced with its tag of only 45 EUR.

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