Posts Tagged “Compass Box”

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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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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Transparency, Compass Box and The Right Thing to Do – An Analysis

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Transparency, Compass Box and The Right Thing to Do – An Analysis

The whisky industry is pretty much self regulated by an industry association named The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The SWA’s forerunner was formed in October 1912 as the Wine & Spirit Brand Association,  renaming itself the Whisky Association in 1917 and got its current name in 1940, while the SWA was fighting for the right to use cereals during the…

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Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Edition – Compass Box’s Newest Malt Blend

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Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Edition – Compass Box’s Newest Malt Blend

Compass Box’s fifth incarnation of the Flaming Heart is out, in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the company. One of the really nice things about Compass Box is that quality is king. Expressions will be discontinued if the right whisky can’t be sourced, as is clearly evidenced by the company’s list of limited releases…

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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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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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Two Old Batches of Whisky Meet a Blender…This is NOT the Beginning of a Joke!

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Two Old Batches of Whisky Meet a Blender…This is NOT the Beginning of a Joke!

Blended Scotch whisky is not my thing. I’m not a snob, I’ve had quite a few, and will drink blends, but I just don’t really find them all that interesting. Apparently, whereas blends shoot for smoothness, I like the distinct flavors and rough edges single malts and well made vatted malts offer (there’s only one exception…

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