I waxed lyrical about Compass Box and John Glaser in this morning's Artist Blend review so let me just say I was very excited to see Glasgow Blend follow Artist's Blend in the Great King Street line. Having frequented Glasgow plenty in my youth and early college days I always thoroughly enjoyed the Wellington statue with the traffic cone on his head (out front of the Gallery of Modern Art -- well worth a visit in it's own right and completely free). Now I live in Virginia and having a wee bit of Glasgow on my shelf is quite lovely.
Great King St Glasgow Blend is one third grain whisky and two thirds malt whisky. The malt whisky components hail from the Highlands, Speyside, and Islay (I was reliably informed that this is Laphroaig and comprises 20-30% of all the liquid in the bottle). Maturation comes from first fill bourbon and sherry casks with additional refill bourbon casks and a bit of french oak finishing (just like Artist's Blend).
Compass Box, Great King Street Glasgow Blend, 43% alc., £30/$45
C: Pale gold
N: Oh, yes, that's the stuff! Delightfully peaty at first whiff with a very quiet fruitiness around the edges, hints of vanilla and white pepper, too
P: Peat forward on the tongue with decent texture for a lower strength whisky, warm salted cashews and poached pears come through after the peat softens
F: Moderate length with lingering peat, ground grey pepper and oak
In conclusion: Come for the peat, stay for the peat, get the fire crackling next to you and really enjoy that peat. Oh, and be sure to include Nick Offerman in the fun.