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Compass Box Artist Blend Review

7th May 2021
Review of the single malt rich Compass Box Artist Blend which is now presented in a 70cl bottle.

Compass Box Artist BlendArtist Blend (formally Great King Street Artistís Blend) is a tribute to the city of Edinburgh, the new label depicts an artist in front of the world-famous Scottish National Gallery.

Compass Box Founder, John Glaser, first created this whisky back  in 2011 and and took his inspiration from 100-year-old recipes.

The Artist Blend has a higher proportion of single malt whiskies than is normally found in blends today, it contains 45% Cameronbridge single grain whisky matured in a First Fill Bourbon Barrel, 22% Linkwood single malt matured in a First Fill Bourbon Barrel, 10% Balmenach single malt matured in a First Fill Bourbon Barrel, 10% Clynelish single malt matured in a First Fill Bourbon Barrel, 5% Linkwood single malt from a Revatted Palo Cortado Sherry-seasoned Butt and 8% is a custom Highland blended malt matured in a Custom French Oak Cask.

The Compass Box Artist Blend is bottled at 43% ABV, non chill filtered and naturally coloured and I am pleased to say is now presented in a 70cl bottle with a RRP of £37.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Apple, a little slightly candied citrus fruit, sultana, sweet vanilla and caramel. 

Taste: A gentle creamy vanilla caramel delivery with just the slightest lemon and orange citrus infusion, some lovely gentle oak spice, a little raisin and sultana fruitiness, a wee bit of saltiness and the apple from the nose makes a late appearance.

Finish:: A lovely longish finish, the apple and now more orangey citrus fruits bow out first leaving lingering gentle oak spices piggy backing on some lovely sugars.

Comment: Still a cracking very well constructed, enjoyable, easy to drink blend that could rival most single malts in this price range for quality and pleasure and I am pleased to see Compass Box has now put it in a 70cl bottle.

SMW Blended Whisky Score 90/100

You will find the Compass Box Artist Blend as well as the rest of the current Compass Box whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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