Two very different Compass Box whiskies

Great-King-Street-by-Compass-Box-logo-580x114Today I’m tasting two very different whiskies from Compass Box. The only similarities is that both are Blended whiskies (containing Grain & Malt whiskies). The first one is Great King Street Experimental Batch #TR-06. I’ve recently tried the sister expression ( the 00-V4 ) compass-box-great-king-street-experimental-batch-tr-06-whiskywhich was lovely. TR-06 contains 33% Lowland grain whisky  and 67% Malt whisky from the regions of Islay, the Highlands and Speyside. A third of the recipe is from fruity single malt from the village of Brora (read:  Clynelish). Let’s try that,shall we?

Compass Box Great King Street Experimental Batch #TR-06 , 43.0%,£32

Nose: Gentle peat and juicy apples. Smoke , malt and candy.

Palate: Smoky with more peat smoke than the nose suggests. Creamy barley with  Salty notes of salted almonds and nuts with bits of sweet and spicy dried fruit.

Finish: Smoke ,malt with a salty twist.

Bottom line:

Not bad at all. It’s really hard to say which of the Experimental drams I preferred, But it think this one might be a wee bit better, though they are both quite delicious and well made.

Score:  86/100

compass-box-delilahs-20th-anniversary-celebrationCompass Box Delilah’s 20th Anniversary Celebration , 40.0% , £47

Delilah’s is a Limited Release Compass Box homage to Delilah’s, Mike Miller’s legendary punk rock whisky bar in Chicago, to celebrate the bar’s 20th anniversary in 2013.
The whisky was developed jointly by John Glaser and Mike Miller as an expression of their shared vision that great whisky should be enjoyable by all.  Delilah’s is an intense yet subtly complex Scotch whisky aged in a mix of experimental new American oak barrels and rejuvenated American oak hogsheads  and  has been created to be perfect served as a shot
with a beer. It contains Single malts from the towns of Alness and Longmorn (approx 50% of the recipe); single grain whisky from Fife (approx 50% of the recipe) so a quite high malt to grain ratio, in an easy drinking package. let’s dive…

Nose: A very nice crisp and light-ish nose, with apple peel, malt, light vanilla, nuts and hints of roasted oak, and dough.

Palate: Continues in line with the nose, on the apple/cereal / vanilla notes. quite creamy and easy to drink, but not too light even at 40%. well-balanced, and sweet-ish.

Finish: Dry, with cereal and vanilla.

An easy drinking, not very complex, but fun whisky. I can see where they come from when they indicate it should be served as a shot with a beer, although I’m not really a fan of whisky shots myself. Good blending, as for the price, I suspect it’s limited and everything, but I’m not sure at this price it’s the best deal around when it comes to drinkable whiskies or artisanal blends.

Score: 81/100

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