Compass Box: Great King Street Glasgow Blend

Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend.jpgPlease take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies differently from me.

On the 13th July 2017 I took part in the second of a series of blind tastings run by Brian who runs the Malt Musings blog. The idea was simple, five of us select 3 whiskies each and send samples to each other – each of our samples are given a letter to represent us and a number to represent where in the tasting they will be used. We then taste through the samples live on Twitter and try to guess what they are. It’s a great test of your tasting abilities but also really enjoyable to try something without any pre-conceptions based on origin, abv etc.

To read a review of the first blind tasting you can go to Brian’s post here. Our third live tasting took place on Thursday 27th July and notes from that tasting will be posted shortly. There will be another series running later this year.


Light – white wine.


Smoke! Once this dies back though you get oak and then lighter notes – citrus and vanilla. There’s also toffee and caramel and spice – nutmeg and cinnamon.


Smoke, oak and salt. Creamy with a dash of vanilla and an orange citrus edge.


Smoke and oak followed by nuts, salted caramel and dark chocolate.


On the nose I was sure this was Kilchoman Machir Bay but of course I was wrong and it was instead a blended whisky from Compass Box. So far I’ve not tried a Compass Box whisky I haven’t enjoyed! They really do showcase how good blended whisky can be. This had a great mix of smokiness and sweet, spice and citrus notes. Really enjoyable and it was my second favourite dram in the blind tasting.



Notes taken from Compass Box website:


Flavour Descriptors
Full, rich and smoky on the palate, with notes of baking spices and sherry wine notes.
Perfect for drinking neat, with a splash of water or with ice. You can also enjoy Glasgow Blend with soda water as a classic Highball, or in all manner of cocktails.
Bottling details
Bottled at 43%.
Not chill filtered.
Natural colour.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I only ‘speed tasted’ the Glasgow blend at La Maison du Whisky – but quite enjoyed it. Not surprised by your thought of Machir Bay. And your sample swapping twitter tasting activity is a great idea!

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    1. It’s worth spending more time with if you get a chance. The blind tasting was great fun, really interesting to try things without any preconceptions about what’s in your glass.


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