Overall rating
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Ex-Sherry, -Wine, -Refill Ex-Bourbon & others
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
22 Aug 2018 8:58 am by Docmacwhisky

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€ 51,30

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Whisky Reviews for The Story of the Spaniard Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.61 points

  1. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The Compass Box The Spaniard is the latest addition (2018) to the Compass Box core range. The Spaniard is a blended malt and a standard variant of a limited edition of 340 bottles bottled earlier for The Spaniard bar in New York. This Spaniard release is a blend of six different whisky’s of which 48% matured in sherry casks. It consist of the following: 40% matured in a sherry butt from a distillery near Aberlour, 25% matured in a wine cask from Teaninich, 8% matured in a refill sherry butt from Deanston, 7% matured in a refill hogshead from Deanston, 5% Glen Elgin from recharred barrels and 15% Highland blended malt matured in heavily toasted French oak casks. This Highland blended malt consists of 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine and 20% Teaninich.

  2. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior


    Nose: rather smooth. Baked apples, gentle spices (cinnamon) and light citrus peel. Sherried but clearly influenced by the red wine as well, with red fruits, like strawberries and cream.
    Mouth: again rather winey. Strawberries, cherries, cloves and a kind of syrupy grape note. Poached pears. Red berries. Honey and cinnamon.
    Finish: medium, on apples and spices.

    I’m not generally a fan of red wine matured whisky, but with enough sherry in the mix this suddenly becomes quite interesting and nice to drink. The winey side is nicely interwoven. Very good blending work again, and well priced too.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A worthy addition to the Compass Box line-up, and masterful blending by John Glaser & co. Easy, accessible sipping.
    • Nose
      Starting off on some light sour apples, as well as pear skin and lemon zest. It has a subtle spiciness, as well as angelica root and straw. Medium complexity, but supreme balance.
    • Taste
      Proper oily mouthfeel, full-bodied, even at 43 percent abv. A more pronounced classic sherry influence here, with dried fruits, cherries, caramel, and a pronounced hit of sweet honey. Some subtle notes of cloves. Good!
    • Finish
      Lingering spices (pepper), cherries, and apple. Medium in length.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A full bodied dram considering it's 43% ABV. Again, very well done Compass Box.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Ah good: very fruity and spicy, fresh (sour) apple, pear, quite some citrus notes (oranges and tangerines and some lemon), sour cherry's with a bit of cream, floral with honey, spices like cinnamon and some subtle clove, also a little meaty with a whiff of smoke presenting itself as a faint sulfur/spent matches note.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pretty full for a 43% whisky, quite oily, the fruitiness of the nose continues with dried apple, general citrus notes, stawberries with cream and lemon zest, also honey and nice wood spices like clove, nutmeg and a little black pepper.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length and a tad to much on the dry side: a nice oily fruitiness but mainly spicy with again the cinnamon, clove and pepper.

  5. LDB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    No wonder, a surprisingly tart and strong blended malt - the Spaniard with his sherry barrel is far away.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Somehow difficult to access, somehow generic Sherrynase with lively citrus fruits
    • Taste
      83 83
      Crass carnation-orange flavor, apricot spritzer (what?) And also bouillon cubes
    • Finish
      82 82
      Tickling, light-fruited sherry notes gradually fade out

  6. Varrek scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very balanced wine finish
    • Nose
      86 86
      really light, fruits, citrus
    • Taste
      88 88
      raisins, strawberries, cherry, honey, caramel. Really impressive
    • Finish
      86 86
      more dry, citrusy, but sweet

  7. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Interesting and pleasant whisky from Compass Box. Winy notes seem to be in the right place, overall balance is superb. Also lower than usual CB ABV works well this time. The price is very reasonable too so it’s a really good extension of the CB core range.
    • Nose
      Buttery, light sherry, winy and light malty notes, yellow apples, some rhubarb, oranges
    • Taste
      Spicy (ginger), slightly sweet, red berries, notes of red wine, some honey, hint of oak
    • Finish
      Medium-long, slightly winy, some nutty notes, berry pastry

  8. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Soft red fruit, honey, dry, malt, orange peel.
    • Taste
      Smooth and creamy, sweet red fruit, bitterness, mild honey, citrus pith, baking spice. Spice becomes more prominent in the development.
    • Finish
      Medium. Warming spice from the development billows forth, with mildly sweet undertone balanced by a gentle bitterness.

  9. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet, sherry, spicy (cinnamon, clove), red fruits, strawberries
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, creamy, sweet, sherry, red wine, berries, fruity (grapes, pears)
    • Finish
      82 82
      Rather short, fruity, sweet, spicy

  10. peej84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84


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