Review #451. Compass Box Great King Street Artists Blend Single Barrel Limited Edition Marrying Cask (Binnys)

Review #451 – Compass Box Great King Street: Artist’s Blend Single Barrel Limited Edition Marrying Cask (Binny’s)

Review #451 | /r/Scotch Review #172 – Compass Box Great King Street: Artist’s Blend Single Barrel Limited Edition Marrying Cask (Binny’s)

The Schtick: I’m really not sure there’s enough buzzwords in that title. Anyways. This is a limited edition, proofed up, single barrel release from Compass Box that takes the GKS base blend anad further ages it for a year or so in a barrel of their choosing. This bottle comes from Binny’s (their pick) and is finished for a year in their ex-Highland malt whiskey blend.


Distiller: Various

Bottler: Compass Box Whisky Co

ABV: 49% ABV

Age: NAS

Maturation: Various, Finished 1yr in Ex-Highland Malt Whiskey Casks

Mashbill: Single Malt

Blended: 2/18/2016

Bottled: 2/9/2017

Bottle #: One of 318 bottles produced

Cask: #1

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Sweet apples, pears, almonds. There’s allspice, vanilla, figs and light sweet fruitiness throughout. Rich vanilla buttercream and faint sherried notes. It’s like dessert in a dram, but also light, fruity and effervescent.

Taste: Thin mouthfeel, but no heat at all either. Rich bouquet of fruits, apples, vanilla, pears and almonds. There’s some cream, caramel, nice nuttiness. There is also some nice fig and a hint of sulfur.

Finish: Long and complex. Mild in terms of heat, fruity and sweet. Really tastes like dessert but not cloying.

Overall: I’m really a fan of this and I like the direction it takes. It was mildly astringent and hot near the top, but by the 75% mark I really feel it hit its stride and just kept on marching. The heat went away and all of the really rich cream and fruitiness shone. Delicious and very unique – it was a fun experiment to try. It was also nice to see the elevated proof which I feel contributed a good bit.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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