An exciting whisky from Compass Box, this is the first new whisky to join their permanent range in 5 years.
The Story of the Spaniard is a blended malt, with a heavy sherry influence. John Glaser first came to this bottle’s concept whilst travelling through Spain. This bottling is something of a variation on a limited edition bespoke whisky made for the famous Spaniard bar and restaurant in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
As is the custom with Compass Box blends, the company have provided the bottling’s “recipe”. 15% of this whisky is provided by a blend of Highland malts, including 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine, and 20% Teaninich whisky. These whiskies were vatted and matured further in Compass Box’s “highly active hybrid casks” – a custom French Oak cask with a heavy toast.
A further 40% of this bottling is comes from a mysterious “Distillery Near Aberlour”, having been aged in a sherry butt. Another 25% hails from Teaninich and has been aged in a wine cask, 8% is provided by refill sherry-matured Deanston spirit, whilst another 7% also comes from this distillery, though aged in a refill Hogshead. Finally, Glen Elgin whisky makes up the last 5%, having been aged in recharred barrels.
The result is a fruity and complex whisky, with the sherry matured elements adding real depth of flavour to this dram. A peppery and well-spiced offering, this has all the hallmarks of a high quality Compass Box release.
Despite being bottled at 43% ABV, this whisky remains non chill filtered, and is also natural in colour.
A welcome addition to the Compass Box family!