The Schtick: This is a single marrying cask from Compass Box’s GKS Artist Blend line of expressions. It was finished in a lowland grain whiskey cask for just shy of a year, and yieled 228 bottles.
Distiller: Various (Blend)
Bottler: Compass Box
ABV: 49% ABV
Cask #: #69
Marrying Cask Previous Fill: Lowland Grain Whiskey
Yield: 228 Bottles
Nose: Sweet cream, honey, fresh baked bread. Apples and pears. Light, musty sherry. Faint baking spices.
Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. Apples, pears, lightly grain-y. Sweet, fresh baked bread. Some mild heat. Faint bitterness along with some musty sherry notes.
Finish: Short and a bit harsh. More heat here than the nose or palate, and a little shorter than I’d prefer. Lots of apples, fresh bread and pear.
Overall: While interesting and different, this didn’t perform as well as I had hoped. That said, the increase in ABV is a huge boon to these releases, as is their relatively good value. This cask just happened to punch a bit less hard than other offerings, although they are always fun to try.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect