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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