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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