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Compass Box Glasgow Blend Review

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

Compass Box Glasgow BlendConceived as a contrast to Artist Blend, it represents the bold, fearless and humorous personality of the Glaswegians. One of Glasgow’s most iconic landmarks, the statue of the Duke of Wellington, which has had various traffic cones placed on its head for the past 30 years, is on the new label for Glasgow Blend as it is a symbol of the city’s sense of humour.

This is an old-school peaty blended Scotch whisky, originally created by John Glaser in 2014, that draws on an historical reference that Glaswegians have long preferred bigger, smokier whiskies.

The Glasgow Blend in contrast to the Artist Blend has an even higher proportion of single malt whiskies, it contains 35.2% Cameronbridge single grain whisky matured in a First Fill Bourbon Barrel, 29% Aberlour single malt matured in a First Fill Sherry Butt, 18.2% Laphroaig single malt matured in a Refill Barrel, 9.9% Clynelish single malt matured in a First Fill Bourbon Barrel, 5.1% Aberlour matured in a Revatted Sherry Butt and 2.6% 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: Vanilla toffee infused with sweet slightly earthy peat smoke and a mild mix of gentle tangy and candied orange which hovers in the background along with a little vibrant oak spice.

Taste: A deliciously sweet, slightly earthy. peat delivery see's the peat arrive piggy backing on Demerara sugars and sweet vanilla closely followed by but not outdone by some rich sherried fruit, some late oak spice.

Finish: Lovely gentle vanilla sweet peat smoke lingers long into the finish along with some sherried oak which eventually fades to leave some lemon citrus and mildly drying oak.

Comment: Maybe it is because I am personally more connected to Glasgow than Edinburgh that I enjoyed this Glasgow Blend slightly more than the Artist (Edinburgh) Blend, or perhaps it is simply that with the addition of peated whisky to the mix a slightly more interesting whisky has been created, both blends are outstanding for the price and both rival any single malt in this price range for quality and pleasure and just like the Artist Blend it is great to see the Glasgow Blend now bottled in a 70cl bottle. For its price tag I would highly recommend this, a great value dram in today's marketplace.

SMW Blended Whisky Score 92/100

You will find the Compass Box Glasgow 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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