Review: Asyla Blended Scotch Whisky (Compass Box) / by Jason Hambrey

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

Compass Box is one of my favourite whisky companies out there - terrific blends, great prices, and lots of information as to what went into the blend. Asyla was crafted as an aperitif, and recommended chilled with water in a wine glass with a bit of parmesan – I can vouch of this as a worthwhile aperitif. A typical vatting:

  • 50% grain whisky from Cameron Bridge (First Fill American oak barrel)

  • 5% Glen Elgin (refill cask)

  • 23% Teaninich (First Fill American oak barrel)

  • 22% Linkwood (First Fill American oak barrel)

This whisky was named after the Asyla composition by Thomas Ades (on Youtube here) which John Glaser, the master blender at Compass Box, loves. Asyla, also, would be his desert island dram. It is a lighter dram from Compass Box - my notes below. Also, Compass Box has terrific information on their whiskies - more on Asyla here.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L 28 01 14 3 11:07 88

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Old banana, creamy, vanilla, green apple, and light otherwise. Cereal notes, as well, with the smell of a new hamster cage to it. Inoffensive, and quite cereal driven with some hay notes on the palate rounding out with some gentle spice and tannins on the finish. It's not bad - not even tasting young or unbalanced, but it just doesn't have much spirit to it.

Value: Average. A decent whisky and not too expensive (~50$)