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Spice Tree Extravaganza – Compass Box (46%)

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Spice Tree Extravaganza – Compass Box (46%)

Spice Tree has had some controversy around its inception, an issue I’ve covered in the original Spice Tree post on the blog. We’re now a full decade past the taking of Spice Tree off the market, and David Glaser is marking this anniversary with an upgraded limited edition of the Spice Tree. As usual, we…

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Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2%)

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Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2%)

So they call This whisky a three-year-old. Now, of course, it technically is as 0.04 of it is, indeed, only three years old. Yes, you read that right, four tenths of a percent is three-year-old whisky from Clynelish that was aged by Compass Box itself in their own first fill American Oak casks. In the PR…

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Compass Box to Release Spice Tree Extravaganza to Commemorate the Banning of Spice Tree a Decade Ago

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Compass Box to Release Spice Tree Extravaganza to Commemorate the Banning of Spice Tree a Decade Ago

Ten years ago, John Glaser, Compass Box’s genius entrepreneur, got slapped with a demand that he pull Spice Tree from the market due to a violation of SWA regulations, as he was using inner staves. Eventually, Compass Box reintroduced Spice Tree, this time using cask ends made from the Sessile oak John wanted to use to finish…

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Enlightenment – Compass Box Malt Blend (46%)

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Enlightenment – Compass Box Malt Blend (46%)

Now this is a more standard Compass Box malt blend, all matured in, mostly in first fill American standard barrels with the requisite Clynelish (48.2%) – always to be expected from Compass Box, with quite a bit of a far less common Glentauchers (36.7%), and a little bit of Balblair (10.8%) and Mortlach from a rejuvenated ASB…

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The Circus – Compass Box Blended Whisky (49%)

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The Circus – Compass Box Blended Whisky (49%)

Not very much is actually known about three of the four parts of the whisky that makes up The Circus. I thought that this was just a lack of information, but it seems that John Glaser decided to back off a bit from his frontal war with the SWA, as the accompanying sample, of the…

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Compass Box’s 15 Anniversary – With a Luxuriously Not Luxury Whisky!

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Compass Box’s 15 Anniversary – With a Luxuriously Not Luxury Whisky!

Compass Box celebrated its 15th anniversary this past Friday, and what better way to congratulate John Glaser and the team than to review their newest offering? Compass Box is that innovative blending whisky company that decidedly didn’t go down the route to become an independent bottler, which given John Glaser’s fruitful relationship with Diageo would have…

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Compass Box goes Back to its Roots – Hedonism Quindecimus

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Compass Box goes Back to its Roots – Hedonism Quindecimus

Most of the whisky that is consumed in the world is grain whisky, and yet, it has always been in the back seat compared to malts. John Glaser started out a decade and a half ago with a grain blend distilled in any of these distilleries: Cameron Bridge and the now mothballed Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas or…

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

My fascination with vatted malts is something I have written about before, and John Glaser at Compass Box has really taken malt vatting (or malt blending, as it should be officially called) to an art form, combining breakthrough production methods with tenacious talent (which in blending is probably 95% methodical experimentation an patience) and great whisky sourcing…

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Adventures in Malt Blends Part 3 – Compass Box Peat Monster

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Adventures in Malt Blends Part 3 – Compass Box Peat Monster

We continue our trip down peat vatting lane with the Compass Box Peat Monster. At the heart of Peat Monster beats Caol Ila with another unnamed Islay single malt from a south shore distillery. The south shore has Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin, and if I had to bet, I’d put my money on Lagavulin simply because…

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The Rise, Decline and “Boutiqeification” of Vatted Malts – Starting a Series Tasting Peated Malt Blends

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The Rise, Decline and “Boutiqeification” of Vatted Malts – Starting a Series Tasting Peated Malt Blends

Well, we’ve gotten to the 100th post on the blog, and this is a great opportunity to start a series on vatted malts. I’ve been fascinated by vatted malts for a long time, because of their potential. Vatted malts can, at their best, take the best in several malts and enhance them. The potential for disaster,…

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