Review: Great King Street Artist's Blend Blended Scotch Whisky (Compass Box) / by Jason Hambrey

Grain & Malt Whiskies (see below)
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

This whisky is one of two standard "Great King Street" whiskies, and in a very different profile than its sister whisky Glasgow Blend. It is presented in great fashion, without colouring or chill filtration. A typical vatting:

  • 46% Girvan Grain whisky (first fill American oak barrel)

  • 29% Clynelish (first fill American oak barrel)

  • 8% Teaninich (sherry butt)

  • 17% blend of Clynelish, Teaninich, and Dailuaine (custom toasted French oak hybrid barrel)

The hybrid barrel is a common use from Compass Box, being made from specialty barrels with different levels of toasting on the outer staves and the barrel heads. More from Compass Box here.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L 20 08 12 3 11:04 88

  • Bottling Date: 2012

Lemon peel, vanilla, malt, barley sugar, with a fat, buttery body and still a few candied notes in the mix. Citrus, too, but the bulk of this whisky is full of cream and vanilla. What a mouthfeel! Rich, and tons of vanilla, with aged grain whisky doing absolutely fabulous work in the background. Wow, on the palate - I'm surprised so much came after quite a subdued nose. This is thick stuff too - very viscous in the mouth, with an enduring finish and story. There is a bit of acidity and spice underneath which adds some good complexity as well. Really great stuff, and in Canada this is still clocking in at a great price.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very High. Terrific Scotch whisky for the price (~45$).