Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Compass Box

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: This was fairly enjoyable. The nose was interested and then the taste was as well, albeit in a different manner. It’s a bit thin but I could see myself reaching for a pour of this as a change of pace type pour.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: There are complex layers that move through the Compass Box The Spaniard and it comes across as a warm and inviting whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The ruthlessly efficient palate has red wine notes, spicy chili heat, and an almost fanatical devotion to the pepper. Pour a glass and fetch the cushions.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: The red wine notes need a little coaxing, so in order to do so, I recommend pairing The Spaniard with different foods.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Sherry heads rejoice; non-sherry heads need not apply.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The vanilla-forward palate is relatively dry, accented with espresso, leather, black pepper and a hint of smoke.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Even Compass Box encourages using this one for cocktails, and I can see the sherry notes standing up well in a mixed drink. As a sipper, it’s not quite on par with others in the core range.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is nice, but a bit thin and unremarkable for what it's supposed to be. The extra sulfur in the finish is a bit of a downer also.
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  • Intro:

    Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard is an interesting blend of malts - many matured in sherry or wine casks. Containing Aberlour, Teaninich, some highland malt, Deanston and Glen Elgin malts. It is named The Spaniard after the Spanish wine casks Compass Box works to source for releases like this, which hit once or twice a year.

  • Nose:

    Apples, pears, pepper, light onion. Some sherry notes. Fresh baked bread.

  • Taste:

    Thin, not much heat. Honey, pears, almonds, wafer cookies. Light pepper. Fresh baked bread.

  • Finish:

    Short, a bit of heat but not too much. Pepper, sulfur, apples, pears, walnuts.

  • Overall:

    This is nice, but a bit thin and unremarkable for what it's supposed to be. The extra sulfur in the finish is a bit of a downer also.

  • Score:

    5

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