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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.
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$).