Overall rating
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Ex-Sherry, -Wine, -Refill Ex-Bourbon & others
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 29 11 18
Added on
22 Aug 2018 8:58 am by Docmacwhisky

Average value

€ 50.14

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

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.12 points

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F20 B21

  8. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. matfrl scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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


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