Overall rating
83.71/100
votes
332
Whiskybase ID
WB116617
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
29.11.2018
Casktype
Sherry, Red Wine, American & French Oak
Casknumber
Batch TS2018-B
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 29 11 18
Barcode
5065000482558
Added on
22 aug 2018 8:58 am by Docmacwhisky
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 52.06

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Whisky reviews for The Story of the Spaniard The Signature Range CB

63 users have left 70 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.71 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    red fruits, tobacco, toffee orange, almonds, sweet spices, good young sherry blend

  4. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty OK
    • Nose
      82 82
      Red fruits, berries, nutty, pipe tobacco, hint of sherry wood, pepper, nutmeg, whiff of leather
    • Taste
      82 82
      Hint of honey, nutty, dark berries, subtles weetness, sherry wood, little leathery, pepper, nutmeg, cloves
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, warm, woody, nutty

  6. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. AleMuse25 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Cool, rich in aromas, wood flowers, some tobacco

  9. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A sensible, fruity whiskey that impresses quite young. If nothing goes wrong, you can offer it and drink it yourself.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Pear, apple, nectarine, caramel, vanilla, subtle roasted aromas, fruit chewing gum, mint
    • Taste
      82 82
      Soft and sweet, apple, caramel, pear
    • Finish
      79 79
      Almost medium-length finish, somewhat spicy, light fruits, malt, oak

  10. Cipidos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Dutchdram scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla followed by fudge and caramelized apples. Lemon with some pineapple and pears. Some waxiness of the Clynelish too. Hazelnuts aswell. At the end little notes of cinnamon and ginger.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A bit similar to the nose. Vanilla with fudge and honey. Some apple pie with cinnamon. Cloves and nutmeg follow next. Some wax again. A little raisin with hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long with honry, some oranges, cloves and ginger.

  12. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It's a mild whisky, and I think one that treads a fine line between subtle and inconspicuous, but given its own space, I'd go with the former.

    The nose was a bit of struggle. At first, I could tell Sherry was involved, but not much else until the glass was warmed and slowly it opened up, gaining some creamy and nutty definition. Eventually it started getting to this to sweet-shop strawberry, or the most sugary red jam, like stuff they put in donuts in the uk.

    The palate was sweet as expected, but short and quickly picked up a mild edge before the tail kept it going with more candied spices until everything faded to reveal a little of the wood.

    Again, I missed the oak in the first tasting, bringing the tiniest bit of bitterness and dryness to not quite win out over the residual, dark honey.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Orange marmalade, aniseed balls, muscovado sugar, Strawberry and cream boiled sweets, vanilla custard over Victoria sponge cake, trail mix (heavy on the raisins and hazelnuts)
    • Taste
      81 81
      Carnation milk with Cinnamon, clove, sweetened with Strawberry jam and date syrup
    • Finish
      83 83
      mild black pepper, candied ginger, dark honey butter, hint of bittersweet, dry oak and red wine tannins

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Re taste, decent without excelling in any department
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. ZLako scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My first Compass Box.

    N: sherry aromas, some wine notes, grapes, christmas spices, chocolate, figs, peaches

    P: sherry, grapes, spices, peaches, dark chocolate and maybe some espresso

    F: long and mouth warming, pleasant and rounded

  15. AleMuse25 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Nice light, a bit fruity, some sherry

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blended/Vatted Malts, 13 tasted, H2H, for what it is worth the 1979 Berry's although listed as a blend on the label, I am not alone in thinking it is actually really a vatted malt.

    Blended Malt 1979 39 year 53.3% cask 4 Berry Brothers (for RMW) WB ID 116204 – 91/92/92
    The Fiddichside 1981 31 year 47.5% Murray Mcdavid WB ID 181799 – 87/88/90
    Johnnie Walker Green Label 2016 40% WB ID 162279 – 87/88/87
    Highland Fusilier 15 year All Malt 40% square bottle G&M WB ID 35030 – 86/87/88
    Creations 25 year Cadenhead Triple Malt (Islay)46% WB ID 200899 – 86/87/88
    Johnnie Walker Odyssey Rare Triple Malt 40% 2013 WB ID 69245 – 88/87/85
    Epitome Maltbarn 1993 24 year 53.1% sherry cask WB ID 118603 – 86/86/88
    Hazelwood 20 year 40% Centennial Reserve Kininvie WB ID 155967 – 85/88/86
    Hedges & Butler Royal Malt 40% Vatted Highland Malt WB ID 90122 – 86/87/86
    The exceptional Malt 43% 2016 Sutcliffe & Sons WB ID 85824 – 86/87/86
    Scallywag 13 year 46% 2017 sherry cask Douglas Laing WB ID 95803 – 85/86/86
    The Story of the Spaniard 43% 2018 Compass Box WB ID 116617 – 85/84/85
    Collectivium 28 year 57.3% Special Release WB ID 99744 – 85/83/83

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose is quite expressive,plenty of spice, ginger, brown toast, similar smell to Biryani rice?
    Decent mouthfeel at first, flavours are ok but not very exciting.
    There is some pepper and ginger spice, a little peat, treacle tart, but also a slight metallic after taste.
    The finish is pretty good, but overall while ok, it lacks any spark but at this price point, value wise this is not too bad.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. Chris_V_Swan scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nice idea and interesting vatting with interesting cask choice.
    He has his moments, but there are also critical points.
    • Nose
      Nice first time. Tropical fruit garden and orange zest.
      Unfortunately, there is always a slightly musty off note.
      Then again fruit and sangria.
    • Taste
      Mildly fruity.
      Very sweet, almost overripe oranges.
      The sangria association is back. Very interesting and extraordinary. After a while, a certain mulled wine note is added. Sort of like wine spiced with cloves.
      It almost doesn't taste like whiskey anymore.
    • Finish
      medium length
      Continue the above.
      Pleasant.

  19. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Open, smooth, oily and soft, slightly sweet
    w/ notes of caramelized fruits, cherries, perfume and yellow pears.

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  20. YD84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sour apples, sour red grapes, dried fruits, orange peel, lime, red chillies, hint of char. Decent whisky but a little too tart for my liking, especially on the finish.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  21. Nazin scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    Nose citrus, cinammon, sherried, red fruits, red wide. Taste is winnery, watery, some cloves. Finish is bitter.

  22. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  23. Cubey666 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at WTF 2018
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  24. marcusjang scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not as much strict wine cask matured, but mostly sherry cask matured. I guess some would count fortified wines as wines, but I'm not too sure on that.

    The resulting malt is fine. The sherry used feels a bit on the younger side, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Has a tinge of sulphur but acceptable to my standards.
    • Nose
      Winey, faintly sulphuric, red berries, dried berries, some cloves & spices
    • Taste
      Slightly cloying sweetness, berry jam, toffee, dried fruits, hint of sulphur, some cream, milk-like texture
    • Finish
      Wine tannins, cacao nibs, slight sulphur, coffee beans, spices, average in length

  25. Ficelli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. arobot scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    30,2 % First Fill Sherry Barrel (Glen Moray Distillery)

    18,9 % First Fill Red Wine Cask (Teaninich Distillery)

    15,9 % Custom French Oak (Highland Malt Blend)

    12,3% Recharred American Oak Barrel (Strathmill Distillery)

    12 % First Fill Sherry Butt (Glendullan Distillery)

    7,3 % Refill Sherry Butt (Deanston Distillery)

    3,4 % Re-racked into First Fill Sherry Butt - 10 months finish (Distillery near the town of Aberlour)

  27. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    An absolute all-rounder, there is a little bit of everything. A ginger-like flavor or sharpness is striking.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nutty notes (almonds), white chocolate, fruit, fruit and more fruit (apple, pear).
    • Taste
      84 84
      Slightly peppery, nice sweetness from sultanas and dark fruits, very spicy.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Soft, relaxed and in the finish somewhere sultanas and spicy wood notes.

  28. sidqi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Ripe fruits,yogurt,pear,ginger note.Some warm spices.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet wine,very smooth,continuously spicy.Fruit jam.A little sticky.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long,cooling and malty.Very pleasant spicy.A little tannin dryness.

  29. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. Dogs2 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  31. TsiAI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: golden smell. Nose: honey, citrus, toast, hay, leaves after rain, butter cake, pear skin, wood chips, ginger, cheese powder in the back section, smelling some fresh taste Palate: mild at first Fruits, red Fuji, pineapple pie, tangerines, grapes. The middle section is white vinegar, wood, cocoa powder, and butter. The new wine is expressed in the form of ginger, pepper, and Dangshan pear. Did not feel too many wine barrels.
    Final rhyme Finish: medium, wood chips, angelica, American ginseng, licorice, citrus sugar, a little smoked wine Body: light, not much oil, soft and greasy body, a little bitter bottom

    Nose: 84/100
    Palate: 84/100
    Finish: 81/100
    Body: 84/100
    Overall: 83.5/100. Among the several cbs I have drunk, citrus + pear + ginger + wood seems to be the fixed element of smell

  32. stnlskz scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    We all remember his first love.

    And John Glaser does not escape this memory. During a trip to the south of Spain with a friend, he discovers sherry wines in a small village bar, and he is immediately transported by their immense expanse of flavors.

    A few years later, he will meet his great love: whiskey. It was from this that the company Compass Box was born, with which he revisited the art of assembly with daring.

    But a first love, it marks us. John Glaser will therefore not fail to create a bottling that pays homage to the flavors of sherry, whose barrels are used in the aging of certain whiskeys.

    This "history of the Spaniard" is an admirable calling card, which one would offer to a curious person wanting to discover sherry. Admirable first of all, by its bottle, the label of which is an art in the same way as the assembly. Then, of course, by the whiskey it contains.

    With a pretty amber color, "The Story of the Spaniard" is the meeting between John Glaser and the owner of this bar in the south of Spain bottled. The tasting is warm, there are spicy (cinnamon, pepper), woody (oak) or dried fruit notes which are typical of sherry.

    But the history of the Spaniard has other chapters. It also smells of vanilla, exotic fruits (blood orange, pineapple, lemon), green fruits (apple) and nuts. We sip richly notes of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry), pastry cream, while finding the winey side of sherry. And the mouth dries up slowly, pleasantly, on notes of green apple, cinnamon and dried fruits.

    And I must admit that I too had a crush on the history of this Spaniard.

  33. holborndrinker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Second time I've tried this - not certain if it's a slightly different batch, but it is nicer than I remember. A good session dram.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruit, especially red soft fruit - cherries.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Quite well balanced - fruit, but with a decent kick of spice coating the tongue.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Lingers longer than I remember when previously tried.

  34. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F20 B21

  35. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Tastes stronger than the alcohol content suggests. Nice round drinking whiskey.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Tart grapefruit, clear apple juice
    • Taste
      86 86
      Baked apple, very sweet, dark sherry flavors, oranges
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, strong wood, dry and astringent.

  36. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Color: Light Amber

    Nose: More wine than sherry initially. Given the composition of this, perhaps that means the Teaninich is having more say than the Aberlour to start. Now, that's not to say it's entirely overdone. In general, this is pretty light and gentle across the board; nothing is really leaping out and grabbing you. I'm getting notes of black tea (won't pretend to know black tea well enough to give you a specific here), light hints of plum, and barley (tells you that the casks aren't too crazy).

    Taste: The 43% here actually works, which I suppose shouldn't be too much of a surprise given that Compass Box knows what they're doing. It doesn't feel thin or under-powered. Good. Not a ton of sweetness, which corresponds well with the way the nose presented. There is some honey, but it's not at all cloying and balances well against the more bitter tea notes. Everything feels pretty competently executed, but there's also not a ton that stands out to me.

    Finish: Solid length and in keeping with the palate.

    Comments: I find it somewhat odd that a blended malt called "The Story of the Spaniard" isn't more of a sherry beast. This is especially so when looking at this in the context of Compass Box's core range: they don't have an overtly-sherried dram. You could argue that the Spice Tree is close, but it's really more about their proprietary French oak than it is about sherry.

    On the merits of this itself, it's very much fine. That's to say, I don't find anything about this particularly objectionable, but there's similarly not much that captivates me. For its price, you could certainly do much worse, but I don't find it has the usual Compass Box panache.

  37. matfrl scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  38. Janwillemb scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

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  39. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 20 82

    Sherry, not bad, but modern sherry, it must be loved ....

  40. Squinugie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  41. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  42. Sandman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Cherries, wine, orange, grapefruit, blueberries, almonds, peppers and sour raspberry

  43. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Not bad (85)
    • Nose
      The aroma is slightly shrimp, dried fruits, dry grass, Uzvar, wax, salty oil, spices, raisins (21)
    • Taste
      Fruits, spices, cream. Quite oily and juicy (21.5)
    • Finish
      Finished spicy, fruits and nuts, spices, strawberry syrup, wet paper, ginger (21)

  44. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Not bad (85)
    • Nose
      The aroma is slightly shrimp, dried fruits, dry grass, Uzvar, wax, salty oil, spices, raisins (21)
    • Taste
      Fruits, spices, cream. Quite oily and juicy (21.5)
    • Finish
      Finished spicy, fruits and nuts, spices, strawberry syrup, wet paper, ginger (21)

  45. Varrek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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

  49. peej84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  50. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  51. coldsun scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Sweet malt, cakes, fresh fruits, citrus. Finish adds hints of dried grass and spices.

  52. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  53. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Candied Fruit
    The most recent release of enfant terrible John Glazer is this ‘The Story of the Spaniard’. Some 340 bottles were already release for The Spaniard, a cocktailbar in New York. This is the general release for us regular mortals. It was composed with 40% Aberlour on sherry butt, 25% Teaninich on wine cask, Deanston on refill butt for 8% and refill hogshead for 7%, 5% Glen Elgin from recharred barrels and finally 15% Highland Blended malt from heavily toasted French oak. For the anoraks: that final 15% consists of 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine and 20% Teaninich). You still with me?
    The nose is very soft. Sugared oranges, baked apples sprinkled with cinnamon and some sweet strawberries. A mild sour note in the back. All said and done not very complex, but quite pleasant all the same.
    Oily on the palate. Pleasantly sweet & sour – that’s the wine speaking – with a bitter touch. Good balance. Red fruit, citrus, grapefruit. Cinnamon and cloves. Caramel and honey. The fruit evolves towards the candied variety. This is not bad at all.
    The finish is medium long, in which the baked apples and cloves do an encore.
    Nice blended malt from Compass Box, without being grand. But very friendly priced with its tag of only 45 EUR.

  54. Falnor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  55. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Colour: amber.
    Nose: sweet, spices, croissant, raisin, dried fruits, cereals, tobacco and oak notes.
    Mouth: sweet and dry with notes of oak, chocolate, cereals and dried fruits.
    Finish: middle, sweet, dry and spicy with pepper, dried fruits and grass notes.
    The Spaniard is a good balanced, smooth, tasty, but a little bit simple whisky. I gave 84 points.

  56. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is indeed a good price-quality balance. A very nice dram to drink and overthink the weekend.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nice and mature sherry nose, it is a bit shy, but give it some warmth and it will open up beautiful. It is spicy and fruitty, nutty but also a touch of tobacco. I like this!
    • Taste
      85 85
      Less impressive as the nose. More watery. But there are still cherry's and dried red fruits in the background.
      After a while there is more spices which are coming through.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length. Again rather delicate. There is some sweetness and some red fruits in here. But it is the least impressive part of the whisky.

  57. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.

  58. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  59. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  60. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Surprising whisky, pretty full body and long finish for a pretty light Abv whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, floral, also a little perfumed. Lemon, apples, a bit spicy as well, cinnamon. Also a lot of strawberry's and cherry's, and red wine.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Full, fruity, a little dry mouthfeel. Some sour taste comes through. Light red fruits, cherry's and strawberry's. pear. Sweet as well, honey. Surprisingly full body for a 43%.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Now some peppers and warming, spicy. Besides pepper some cinnamon again. Fruity, light red fruits again. And honey. Also pretty long for such a pretty low Abv.

  61. Totoro scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Fresh, even somewhat acerbic at the start, then sweeter notes of malted barley (duh) and a fragrant, honeyed element. The tartness from the red wine casks comes through, along with the citrus aroma of none-too-old whiskies and the syrupy aspects of sherry-cask-maturation. Red berries, gummy bears, but also some camphor and notes of Schweppes Tonic Water. I'm actually reminded a little of the Arran Amarone Cask, but of course this is nowhere near as brutal.

    Pleasant in the mouth, with an immediate distinct, dusty oakiness. Turns tart indeed, though, and quickly so. The wine-cask maturation is up front and palpable, while the sherried element is more subdued and refill-y. The distillates take second place to the casks, which come across too loud for my taste.

    I like the attack and the mid-palate a lot more than I do the death and the aftertaste, which veer a bit too far into quinine territory. I think I can make out some French-oak-conditioned Clynelish (à la Oak Cross) in the mix, but perhaps I'm imagining things. If this had an age statement, it would probably clock in somewhere around the ten-to-twelve-year mark, but it doesn't taste young per se.

  62. svenske2015 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Jason found some words for that on MALT: https://malt-review.com/2018/11/16/compass-box-the-story-of-the-spaniard/

  63. LDB scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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

  64. dRambo scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Has all that - which I do not like in modern flora and fauna bottlings.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Strict acidity, mineral, apples, lemon - somehow artificial - has a similar toilet stone charm as the new Glenallachie 18 - the style just does not like at all - even if the nose is otherwise round and soft, neither alcohol nor metallic notes
    • Taste
      75 75
      Boring - a bit citrus, sweet, quite spicy for his 43%, grapefruit dish, rinsing, slightly bitter, hardly any substance
    • Finish
      76 76

  65. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  66. Kumachan scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    ● The dress.
    Yellow gold, thick tears with regular big drops.

    ● The nose.
    Gourmand, spicy on citrus fruits and flowers, root, cinnamon and black pepper, ginger, sweet smoke and earth.

    ● The mouth.
    Fine and sweet, airy, white flowers, licorice and vanilla, pear and apple, sweet smoke, cinnamon and ginger.

    ● The medium long finish on the barrel, white fruits and vanilla.

    Lack a little power but it is an assembly that succeeds his work, easy and inexpensive.

    If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be an 84.

  67. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    One of my most beautiful surprises at Compass Box, looks very natural with great, slightly dirty sherry notes, reminded me a bit of sherry-bourbon blends from Glen Garioch, which I like too.
    • Nose
      Seville orange, baked apple, dark honey, lavender, rosemary, hazelnut, chestnut, nicely full, rye bread, black pepper, roasted malt
    • Taste
      Baked apple, orange syrup, gingerbread, bitter choco, grapefruit peel, blood orange, clove, dark caramel, wild cherries, chestnut, lavender, rosemary, oregano, all kinds of nuts, hints of pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, nutmeg, nice dark malt, clove, orange peel, medium long, warming

  68. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  69. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/blends/compass-box-story-of-the-spaniard-great-king-street/

    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.

  70. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  71. holborndrinker scored this whisky 84 points 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.

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