Whisky Review – Compass Box Great King Street Experimental Batch #TR-06

Compass Box Great King Street Experimental Batch #TR-06
43% ABV
Available for £32.91 from MasterOfMalt
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring

Since the release of Compass Box’s Great King St. Artist’s Blend in 2011, Compass Box have been contemplating their next permanent expression under the Great king St. Moniker.

Two options are currently being considered, and Compass Box decided to release a limited number of each expression for us, the regular whisky drinking folk to take a taste and smell of and give our impressions. The options are a lightly sherried release (#00-V4) and a smokey release (#TR-06). In this review I’m looking at the smokey release having already reviewed the sherried variant.

The TR-06 is made up of 33% Lowland grain whisky and 67% malt whisky from Islay, Speyside and the Highlands. The maturation is mostly first fill bourbon casks with a finish in new French oak for added complexity

This is a limited release of only 3,809 bottles, so it won’t be around for long.

Nose.

Smoke of the medicinal and earthy variety. Salty seashores

. Brine. A little green apple. Some pear. Very light vanilla. Some tar. Very crisp and fresh nose.

Palate.

Clean and fresh. Some pepper spice heat. Sweet. Apples and other green fruits, along with some oak and the sweet sweet peat. The smoke fills the senses with warmth. End development things become calm, with war embers of that peat fire embracing the chest.

Finish.

Sweet peat smoke and green fruit juice stays for a medium-long finish. Drying out with a little oak tannins and very pleasant dryness left on the tongue.

Adding water.

A small splash added. The smoke has mellowed on the nose to reveal an extra level of floral complexity. Some dusty oak and sugars, and a little marshmallow. On the palate additional creamy marshmallow is very present and pleasant. The finish remains earthy and peaty with some wet grass added into the oak.

Conclusion.

Well, I never thought I would say this being a bit of a sherry head. But I really like the smoky TR-06 expression! That’s not to say I don’t like the VR-04, because I do, but if I had to choose between the two I really like the freshness and smoke that is in the TR-06.

Going off to http://www.greatkingstreet.com/experimental right now to register my experiences. 🙂

Thanks to Compass Box for providing the sample.

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Whisky Review – Compass Box Great King Street Experimental Batch #00-V4


Compass Box Great King Street Experimental Batch #00-V4
43% ABV
Available for £32.91 from MasterOfMalt
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring

Since the release of Compass Box’s Great King St. Artist’s Blend in 2011, Compass Box have been contemplating their next permanent expression under the Great king St. Moniker.

Two options are currently being considered, and Compass Box decided to release a limited number of each expression for us, the regular whisky drinking folk to take a taste and smell of and give our impressions. The options are a lightly sherried release (#00-V4) and a smokey release (#TR-06). In this review I’m looking at the lightly sherried version with my take on the smokey release to follow shortly.

The V4 is made up of 28% Lowland grain whisky and 72% malt whisky from Speyside, the Highlands, Islands and Islay. The maturation is mostly first fill sherry cask with some refill bourbon cask also making up the blend.

This is a limited release of only 3,439 bottles, so it won’t be around for long.

Nose.

Very spicy. Ginger, pepper, chilli. A little smoke in the background of the charred variety. With time in the glass the sherry influences start to shine through, with some oranges,raisins and plums making an appearance. A level of creamy jamminess then makes itself aware. Almost a spicy marmalade. A little dusting of cinnamon also.

Palate.

Spicy bite, the pepper spices are predominant with the fruit, in the form of a jammy concoction coming through on the mid development. Then turns creamy and almighty smooth. I sense a minute amount of peat sweetness on the back of the palate as it slides down.

Finish.

Sweet to dry, the fruit jam and a little peat sticks around. With a little oaky spice staying towards the very end.

Adding water.

Only a tiny drop added. Wow, the jam jumps forward on the nose, the spices more backseated with a little additional hints of leather coming through. A little flowery floral is also present now. On the palate there is very little difference noticeable, although the experience is slightly softer and has less of an initial peppery punch. The finish has a little more light peat earthiness to it.

Conclusion.

Well, it’s a great start to the experimental comparison. A very competent, well constructed blend, spicy, fruity and wholly enjoyable.

Thanks to Compass Box for providing the sample.

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