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Whisky Reviews for The Story of the Spaniard Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.14 points
- 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.
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.
- A worthy addition to the Compass Box line-up, and masterful blending by John Glaser & co. Easy, accessible sipping.
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.
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!
Lingering spices (pepper), cherries, and apple. Medium in length.
- A full bodied dram considering it's 43% ABV. Again, very well done Compass Box.
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.
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.
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.
- No wonder, a surprisingly tart and strong blended malt - the Spaniard with his sherry barrel is far away.
Somehow difficult to access, somehow generic Sherrynase with lively citrus fruits
Crass carnation-orange flavor, apricot spritzer (what?) And also bouillon cubes
Tickling, light-fruited sherry notes gradually fade out
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Sherry, not bad, but modern sherry, it must be loved ....