Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard
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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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review Raided Score: 87 Publication: Distiller Excerpt: Sherry heads rejoice; non-sherry heads need not apply. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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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.
Apples, pears, pepper, light onion. Some sherry notes. Fresh baked bread.
Thin, not much heat. Honey, pears, almonds, wafer cookies. Light pepper. Fresh baked bread.
Short, a bit of heat but not too much. Pepper, sulfur, apples, pears, walnuts.
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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