Overall rating
83.24/100
votes
178
Whiskybase ID
WB58518
Category
Blend
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Bourbon, Sherry, French Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5065000482886
Added on
30 sep 2014 7:31 pm by nicolas94
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 40.41

14 × in wishlist

178 × member ratings

365 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Great King Street Glasgow Blend

25 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.24 points.

  1. ZLako scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Had a small sample from the store. Can't tell a lot because I had only 5cl to try. But from what I nosed and tasted I'd give this a solid 82.

  2. hzs275 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/02/13/southport-whisky-club-summer-festival-2021-review-tasting/

    The last time I tried this, I wrote of the recipe: ‘Among other distilleries, this is mainly comprising of Cameronbridge [33%], Clynelish, Benrinnes and Laphroaig [20%]’. CB’s latest fact sheet tells us the blend currently consists of 35.2% Cameronbridge, 29% whisky from a distillery near Aberlour, 18.2% Laphroaig, 9.9% Clynelish,… amongst others – so not a great deal of change. Importantly, the larger percentage of this blend remains malt.

    N: A beer > [bloomer] bready slightly [chicken] meaty malty nose with a light toasted dry citrus quality and a suggestion of farmy~>medicinal peat – from the Laphroaig of course.

    T: More wonderfully tempered but not ‘stripped’, salty-ish Laphroaig-y soft/dry citrus beer-forward arrival with a creamy malty phenolic chew.

    F: Soft lingering finish, the Cameronbridge only really peaks out, proper, at the tail.

    C: As good, if not better than I remember it. Commendable blending, not least given nearly a 1/5th of the recipe is Laphroaig. Any home blender will know how ‘hot to handle’ Leapfrog can be.

  4. fransoif@bdx scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    first tasting of a Compass Box. Blend with a slightly peaty side. Pleasant and excellent value for money.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  6. EvilAFI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I reach for this often when I don’t want to overthink and just enjoy. A light peat, subtle salinity, hint if sherry, light malt and spice. Yes a thinner mouth feel and short finish, but this is one to have and enjoy a glass or 2 with ease.

  7. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden Smell Nose: Light peat, a little grease. Some sea water and marine fish. Behind it is cream, pastries, dried flowers, Angelica dahurica, butter-fried shellfish, some fresh fruits, with a bitter taste of Chinese medicine. .
    Taste Palate: relatively salty, slightly sour, medium sweet, medium bitter. Cream, cheese, coconut meat, wood, dried herbs, realistic grilled oysters, the back part is the oncoming sea breeze, with a moist freshness, and the end is closed by blood orange and lemon essential oils.
    Final rhyme Finish: long, a little salt, seaside berm, oak, xylitol body: medium, extremely oily

    Nose: 84.5/100
    Palate: 84.5/100
    Finish: 84/100
    Body: 85/100
    Overall: 84.5/100

  8. Varrek scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Lightly peated, not too complex and overall good blend

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    After not having been able to choose between sherry and peat with their two experimental batches released last year, Compass Box decides not to choose with this Glasgow blend and combines both. Peat from Laphroaig is immediately detectable, but light, non-intrusive. Hints of meat. On the palate, peat, of course but also grilled ham, fruit, sherry that does not show up in the sweet side. It is well done. Enthusiasm 3/5

  10. Georges scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Georges scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    33% Lowlands grain + 67% Highlands, Speyside and Islay malt. Matured in first-fill & refill bourbon casks, as well as in first-fill sherry casks.
    • Nose
      Tropical fruits (peaches, pineapple), honey, vanilla, oaky, some smokiness, fresh, sweet
    • Taste
      Tropical fruits (peaches, pineapple), fresh, sweet, honey, vanilla, tea, pears, waxy
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity, dry, smoky

  12. Calmar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    But it was quite good, I confess, I expected a more watery and subtil product, but here everything is quite dense and saturated (relatively, of course), easy flirting with rubber-peat motives, balance, pitches on the spot.
    • Nose
        Open, quiet, leather goods, light rubber notes, lemon peel, shoe cream, ash, light peat motifs.
    • Taste
      Medium density, oak, lemon peel, light peppery wave, sweet and sour, a little floral-honey notes and cream, peat and ash in the background.
    • Finish
      Light, lemon-creamy, light oak bitterness, again get out smoke and rubber air with peat, on the whole it is easy and unobtrusive.

  13. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  14. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    really good dram at a very fair price.
    if only the finish would have been a little longer!
    86/100 edit:no come on 87/100
    • Nose
      some gentle smoke over a layer of fruits and minerals. Finally the fruits win the race. mostly lemons. there´s also some brine and hints of olives. quite impressive!
    • Taste
      the peat is more prominent. smoked fish, grapefruits, salt, olives. Wax jackets (have you ever tried those?)
    • Finish
      a little short but very clean

  15. Shane_IL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This was a really solid blend. It does mention sherry and smoke on the label and I didn’t really find a huge amount of influence of the latter. It did however have an impressive amount of complexity for what it is.While this is easily on par or better than a lot of the blends in its price point it unfortunately only comes in a 50cl bottle. Still, a top quality blend made from some top quality component whiskies.Reviewed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/05/19/great-king-street-glasgow-blend/
    • Nose
      Peaches. Apricot fruit leather. Vanilla cream. Pencil eraser. Honey. Wet stones. Lemon oil. Fresh bread. Slight vegetal peat note.
    • Taste
      Spicy. Vegetable paste. Salt. Macadamias. Cashews. Buttered popcorn. Bitter fruit. Bees wax.
    • Finish
      Medium. Bitter wood. Herbal honey. Wood smoke. Liquorice.

  16. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nice different notes, unfortunately not so nice peat in my opinion.
    • Nose
      Malt, some sherry, oak, smell frankly a bit flat, clove and herbs
    • Taste
      First sweet peat of the lighter sort, then sherry tones, dried fruits, apricot, oak and light spice, in between also tropical fruits
    • Finish
      Quite spicy, hints of peat and oak remain, medium long, quite oily

  17. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Fruity at first, then old couch with rising smokes, balance with herbs,
    pepper and ashes. Well blends with depth and style.

    P-
    Apricot, liquorice, rose water. Sweet nutmeg with hints of wood, oily,
    spicy leather and pleasantly complex.  Weighty.

    F- Medium and silky finish, sweet fruit oriented with subtle smokes and warming ginger heat. Heady, and full.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. whiskybros scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review here http://www.whiskybros.com/single-post/2016/04/27/Great-King-Street-Glasgow-Blend
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Cereals, a vegetal side that betrays its youth, oyster shell tip, coffee tip, very light peat, we detect a lot of things but all struggle to emerge from an unpleasant odor of ether. More interesting than the basic Great King Street anyway. The mouth is a little caffeinated, almonds, alcohol is better integrated than in the basic version, the middle is marked by a slight astringency. Short final imbalanced by alcohol. The nose remains the best moment of this dram which lacks finesse and complexity.  

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: Among other distilleries this is mainly comprising of Cameronbridge [33%], Clynelish, Benrinnes and Laphroaig [20%] so naturally its peaty - not quite farmy but clean & light peat and not that smoky. Aside from it being young and oily theres not a great deal else here.
    T: Sweet, buttery [light] and young but the balance is ok. The peat [as on the nose] is ambiguous and undecided. Again, not much here
    F: Becomes sweeter, peppery, fruity, waxy, and buttery/briny with the ever clean peat finish. The spirit's youth is clearly evident. 
    C: Pleasant but fairly innocuous and lacking in content. I preferred the Artist’s blend.

    Scores a C

    SECOND ROUND

    N: Another dense nose similar to ‘This is not luxury whisky' WB but more on earthy, clay, peatiness.

    T: Consolidated maltiness

    F: Some citrus, white pepper with a medium-length, easy tailing off

    C: A tasty blend but one that struggles to match tonight’s company, namely: Flaming Heart 5th Edition WB

    Scores a C[+] 83

  22. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Again an easily approachable, well balanced whisky from Compass Box. So affordable as well. Who needs single malts when you have blends like this?

    (Rating interval 83-86)
    • Nose
      Spicy and soft peat with, tangerines, lemon and some notes of plastic. The spices is dominated by nutmeg and cloves with cinnamon in the background. The peat reminds me of Port Charlotte (should be Laphroaig?). 
    • Taste
      The arrival is all about peat-smoke and grass. Now there is no doubt Laphroaig is in the mix. The development is spicy with cinnamon, cloves and some herbal notes, yes mint actually.
    • Finish
      The finish is peat smoke (again Laphroaig) with salt licorice and subtle spices. Not as long as I expected though.

  23. wbarchive_424758 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  24. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Good blend
    from Compass Box, certainly. But a bit too light to be absolutely great. But
    then, with that price tag, it is not something they are aiming at.
    • Nose
      On the nose,
      it is peaty from the get go, but not over the top. It is nicely balanced by the
      sweetness of the sherry casks. Loads of citrus and sultanas as well as some red
      berries. Cinnamon and vanilla douse the peat further, but the Laffie in the mix
      is unmistakable.
    • Taste
      It has a
      light body, but is spicy from the start. Some earthy notes, pepper and peat
      call the shots. The second wave is sweet from the fruit. Halfway through the
      French oak kicks in, making it somewhat dry.
    • Finish
      This
      continues in the surprisingly long finish: spicy and dry with some sweetness in
      the background.

  25. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    good ratio q / p
    • Nose
      Light sweet peat, fine
    • Taste
      sweet, a little sweet
    • Finish
      long on the ashes

  26. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light smoke, spice with sherry notes and dried rich fruits, rasins
    • Taste
      The smoke is pronounced with spice and dried fruits. Slightly medicinal, salt
    • Finish
      A medium dry finish with medicinal over tones

  27. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. yoavg did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A good and unique smoky sherried blend. My full review (with also includes the story on how this blend evolved from the experimental releases) is here: http://whiskygospel.com/2014/11/19/whisky-review-compass-box-great-king-street-glasgow-blend/

  29. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Maybe not complex for a penny, but that's not the purpose of this blend. It's affordable for any beginner, especially, and that's what counts. An excellent entry level for anyone who wants to try the peat without tearing the taste buds. And also an excellent quality / price ratio. Another success of Compass Box.
    • Nose
      Fresh, dry, round, but also slightly sweet. Peat is present, but coated with almost pastry sweetness (fresh egg white ... yes I know it is unusual). A few drops of ripe lemon.
    • Taste
      The smoke here is more discreet, a sweetness of diluted fruit syrup dominates. A little dry straw anyway, non-invasive. Lemon hints.
    • Finish
      The dry smoke returns to the load, invading the nostrils. Lemon is still very present too.

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