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Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Ex-Sherry, -Wine, -Refill Ex-Bourbon & others
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
22 Aug 2018 8:19 am by Docmacwhisky

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€ 50,56

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

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.40 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. peej84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  7. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  8. coldsun scored this whisky 36 points Expert Senior

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

  9. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  10. 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.


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