Compass Box The Story of The Spaniard (2018)
We’re used to seeing new releases from Compass Box pop up regularly, but most of their releases are limited editions. However, The Story of the Spaniard will be part of the Compass Box core malt whisky collection. As with all Compass Box releases, you can just shoot the company an email if you want more information about the exact recipe. For The Spaniard, it comes down to this:
- 40% is 11yo Craigellachie matured in a sherry butt
- 25% is 9yo Teaninich matured in a wine cask
- 8% is 14yo Deanston matured in a refill sherry butt
- 7% is 15yo Deanston matured in a refill hogshead
- 5% is 18yo Glen Elgin from recharred barrels
- 15% is 9yo Highland blended malt matured in heavily toasted French oak casks
In total, 48 percent of this whisky matured in sherry casks. Oh, and to be complete, the Highland blended malt consists of Clynelish (60%), Dailuaine (20%) and Teaninich (20%). Is that enough information for you?
Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard (43%, Compass Box, 2018)
Nose: Starting off on some light sour apples, as well as pear skin and lemon zest. It has a subtle spiciness, as well as angelica root and straw. Medium complexity, but supreme balance.
Taste: Proper oily mouthfeel, full-bodied, even at 43 percent abv. A more pronounced classic sherry influence here, with dried fruits, cherries, caramel, and a pronounced hit of sweet honey. Some subtle notes of cloves. Good!
Finish: Lingering spices (pepper), cherries, and apple. Medium in length.
A worthy addition to the Compass Box line-up, and masterful blending by John Glaser & co. Easy, accessible sipping.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.