Compass Box was launched in 2000 by the American John Glaser, who was previously International Marketing Director at Johnnie Walker. To promote his whisky, John travelled through London visiting pubs and bars with samples and, in idiosyncratic style, handing out business cards billing himself as â€œJohn Glaser â€“ Whisky Zealotâ€.
Compass Boxâ€™s modus operandi and strong work ethic is what sets them apart as an independent bottler and blender like no other. Compass Box buy individual casks and focus on creating a craftsman-like boutique product. None of their bottlings are chill-filtered, nor is any colouring added and are all married exclusively in American oak. This brings the characteristic sweetness to the whisky.
Great King Street Glasgow Blend
In his 1930s book â€˜Whiskyâ€™, Aeneas McDonald teaches us that Glaswegians historically preferred fuller bodied and more flavour- packed whiskies than people in other parts of the world.
So what better name for a whisky such as this?
Like the Artists blend, the Glasgow boasts a high single malt content. Inclusion of malt whisky matured in Sherry butts, and an Islay single malt of a powerfully peaty nature, has made this a blended Scotch whisky like no other.
Nose: Smoked sea salt, orchard fruit, nuts, marshmallow, spice, honey, plastic, and a bit of caramel.
Palate: Smoke, honey, fruit, nuts, caramel, spice, plastic, vanilla and a bit of oaky char.
Finish: Long, Smoke, honey, fruit, vanilla and a slight hint of TCP.