Review #176. Compass Box Great King Street Artist Blend

Whiskey Network Review #176 | /r/Scotch Review #73: Compass Box’s Great King Street: Artists Blend


Distiller: Various

Bottler: Compass Box

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Waxy citrus and lemon peel. Smells like a Glade Plugin, vanilla and pepper and grapefruit follow. It’s very delicate, leans towards the fruity but has some weird waxy fruit notes in there also.

Taste: Light and floral. It’s like a bouquet of apples and lemon and pear. Vanilla and light cream. Thin mouth feel with no burn.

Finish: Short and waxy but light and gentle. Mild pepper and a good deal of lemon.

Overall: There’s not a ton to say, but there is no reason to over embellish. This is a good dram, it’s tasty and light. The temperature here is well over 90 and I feel comfortable sipping this on my porch while I sit and relax. It’s also very well priced – I picked up this bottle before the new year at $37. Can’t complain about that. For this reason, the Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend squarely earns a 5 rating as a solid, no frills every day dram. The quality is right and there are no flaws that I really feel the need to criticize so it fits nicely in the median. Here, the CBGKSAB (wow that’s an acronym) sits comfortably with other peers such as Balvenie 12yr DoubleWood, Johnnie Walker Black, Hibiki Harmony and Glenlivet 12. Thanks for reading!

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Rank: 5


Decoded:

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


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