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

Average value

€ 51.41

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288 × member ratings

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

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.70 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. ColdAesthetics 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

  7. Ficelli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. sidqi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • 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.


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