The General limited edition release
boasts an ‘antique’ character that
lovers of old whiskies seek out.
Introducing the final Compass Box Limited Edition release of the year: The General. It’s been created from two parcels of extraordinary cask-aged Blended Scotch whisky which were acquired by Compass Box. The youngest whisky is 33 years old, the rest considerably older. Other than that, Compass Box have absolutely no idea what the origin of the ingredients are, only that they are Scotch malt and grain whiskies which were blended together at a young age and then married for more than 25 years.
The result Compass Box tells me was bottled at 53.4% cask strength, is beautifully harmonious and boasts an ‘antique’ character that lovers of old whiskies seek out.
The associations of The General, are inspired by Buster Keaton’s classic 1926 film of the same name where ‘the General’ is an old steam locomotive which Keaton takes on a long and wild ride to try to save the love of his life.
Compass Box describe the whisky as having extraordinary depth, with aromas and flavours reminiscent of spices, dried fruits and old sherry wine character. The finish is very, very long. It is a classic late-night-and-into-the-early morning whisky.
Only 1,698 bottles Compass Box The General were produced, non chill filitered, natural colour which should be available from specialist whisky retailers such as
The Whisky Exchange
The General is available now in the UK and Europe, and in the next month or so in Canada, South Africa and Asia. It will be released in the US on 1st March 2014.
Priced around £200.