Compass Box, Great King Street Artist's Blend

I've long been a fan of both John Glaser and Compass Box. They make smart decisions, blend wonderful whiskies, and tell interesting stories. And they get right up the nose of the Scotch Whisky Association. What's not to love?

This first release in Compass Box's Great King Street line (there's now a Glasgow Blend) is intended for both whisky connoisseurs and those who may be dipping their toe in the whisky loch for the very first time. The blend is comprised of Lowland, Northern Highland, and Speyside whiskies with a combination of first fill bourbon and sherry maturation with some new French oak finishing. Full details can be found here.

Behind window #3: Compass Box, Great King Street Artist's Blend, 43% alc., £28/$42

C: Reflective straw

N: Light and fresh (pears, green apples, vanilla) with a cereal thread running through it

P: More cereal up front with a subtle nutty component (ground cashews), then a little spice on the back (nutmeg)

F: Moderate and sweet, lingering pears and apples, then a ground pepper spiciness begins to creep in

In conclusion: Such a delightful wee dram. Artfully crafted, this is a perfect intro whisky for those who claim to not like the stuff. It's an ideal breakfast whisky, too (if you're into that kind of thing).

Sincere thanks to Master of Malt's Drinks by the Dram for the sample.