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; John Glaser “Whisky Zealot".
Compass Box'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.
The Story of the Spaniard
The name is a nod to Compass Box founder, John Glaser's, chance encounter with a man in the South of Spain, where he was introduced to Sherry for the first time.
Years later, John was reacquainted with Sherry through whiskies aged in former Sherry casks, known for the rich, deep flavours they provide. It's a style of whisky John has been drawn to ever since.
Released in batches, with the batch number shown on the back label, The Story of the Spaniard is Compass Box's tribute to Sherry's broad spectrum of styles.
You will find a whisky that is full, soft and sumptuous on the palate with flavours of citrus peel and pears poached in red wine and spices.
Nose: Ripe blood orange and toasted vanilla pod. A few hints of fresh malt in the background.
Palate: Sponge cake, chocolate chip and raisin cookies, almond.
Finish: Dried cherry, cinnamon and menthol.