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Blended Scotch and Malt Compass Box Highlands Region Scotland

Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard

Review of The Story of the Spaniard, blended Highland scotch from the eclectic Compass Box.

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry butt first fill and refill, ex-Spanish wine, French toasted oak, hogshead refill, recharred
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Compass Box Whisky Co.
Average price: € 60.00
Official website: www.compassboxwhisky.com
Vote: 85/100

When dealing with a Compass Box blended, their policy of total transparency means that there is a wealth of information that we are not used to.
Of the casks used for this blended you can see the long list at the top, but I’m not afraid of a challenge, and below is the original recipe:
40% whisky made ‘near’ Aberlour in Sherry butt first fill;
25% Teaninich whisky in ex-Spanish wine casks;
15% of a blend (Clynelish, Teaninich and Dailuaine) in hybrid, charred French oak casks;
8% Deanston’s whisky in Sherry butt refill;
7% Deanston whisky in hogshead refill;
5% Glen Elgin whisky in re-charred casks.
The composition, since the first production in 2018, changes slightly from year to year, but with the basics (former Sherry casks and Spanish wine) always constant.

The always sumptuous label matches the bizarre name chosen for this blended whisky, a tribute to John Glaser’s first encounter with a man in the south of Spain who introduced him to the wonders of Sherry, later rediscovered thanks to the whiskies aged in the casks that contained it (which many turn their noses up at!).
The Spaniard is also a tribute to the New York bar of the same name for which they had created a whisky some time before.
Having one of the official samples (part of a collection of three in a, needless to say, beautiful box), I don’t know the batch (but I suppose it’s the first).

Full gold with amber reflections in the glass.
Sherry in profusion on the nose, as expected, very warm and with nice tannins present. Soup, lemon peel, ripe apple, nutmeg and a background of freshly cut wood. It’s like Sunday pastries carried on a wooden log as a tray, a mountain pastry whisky.
The opening is very vinous, almost marsalate, and flows like velvet in the mouth (perfect gradation in this sense). A pleasantly spicy tip evokes mulled wine, with a slice of orange and bits of red apple floating around. More wood in the background. This is definitely not the ‘usual’ Sherried.
The finish is medium-long, very dry, of spices, red wine and lots of warmth.

Soft and persuasive, drinkable without being pleasurable, with those slight strident wine notes that give it three dimensions.
It might even appeal to those who don’t like sherried!

Other bottlings in the blog:
Compass Box Juveniles
Compass Box The Peat Monster
Compass Box The Spice Tree

Other perspectives:
The Scotch Noob

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