Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Compass Box (CB)
43.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
01 nov 2014 8:54 am by whisk-O-thek

Average value

€ 36.60

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39 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Great King Street Glasgow Blend

10 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.61 points.

  1. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    An original blend Peat / Sherry to deepen but that has not convinced me yet.
    • Nose
      Slightly peated / smoked (on fish), dried fruit, exotic.
    • Taste
      Spices, dried and exotic fruits always present. Smoke is less present.
    • Finish
      Average length on spices and a return of ashes.

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  3. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Fine, dense and very chocolaty compound. Gradually, fine roasted aromas, metal, salt, dry mineral tones, citrus zest, fine vanilla, oranges and even strawberries follow.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Firm smoky start accompanied by sweet vanilla notes, toasted oak, citrus zest, a hint of pepper and beautiful mineral kills, which together with the lemon form a good counterpart to the sweetness. Really wonderfully put together!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, full roasted aromas, chocolate, gentle smoke and coffee.

  5. Dutchdram scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Islay notes like smoke and peat to start with. A bit fruity with notes of apples and a little note of oranges. There is also a tiny hint of dried fruits. A hint of malt too.
    • Taste
      80 80
      The first touch is sweet. Think of notes of vanilla and honey. A nice hint of dates too. There is smoke amidst the sweet hints. But also sweet spices like cinnamon and anise. At the end a note that makes me think of herbal tea.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium-long. It stays a bit warm in the mouth with hints of vanilla, oak and anise.

  6. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Shining_Bright scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Now in 70cl, 43%, £34 uk. Absolute bargain. You wont get another blend this good at this price, and you CERTAINLY will never get a single malt with this complexity for under twice the price.

    35% cameronbridge grain, 24% aberlour sherried, 18% laphroaig bourbon refill, 10% clynelish 1st bourbon, 3% highland blend. No caramel, no chill filter.

    Taste / nose profile - read below from other reviewers. The Laph peat has been toned down to fireside smoke (like Bowmore on a good day) - you can appreciate the clynelish wax on the palate, all beautifully rounded. Water not required.

    Really, I cant fault it. Fantastic stuff and worth every one of the 90 points. Single malt snobs should buy a bottle.

    Batch 206 15/02/2018 - now why do other blenders not offer such information and quality ?

  8. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior


    Nose: this shares the fresh, aromatic character of the Artist’s Blend, but with gentle peaty notes (Laphroaig in the mix). More lemons, soft hints of antiseptics with fruits and a little vanilla and wood in the background.
    Mouth: sweet and oily, a little more peat but still no monster. Grapefruits and kippers. Hints of dried fruits underneath (some sherry casks involved). Rather classic and very accessible.
    Finish: medium, clean, zesty with a whiff of smoke.

    The perfect peated counterpart. Essential to make the perfect Penicillin cocktail (which was originally created with Compass Box whisky, by the way). Perfectly sippable on its own though.

  9. rb854 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Category: BFYB (imho)
    • Nose
      Sweet, honey, citrus fruit, tangerines, pear, some smoke, malt, cinnamon. The peat emerges in time, bananas and eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      Sweet and mild, more peat present then in the nose, campfire, some licorice, a little pepper, nutmeg and malty.
    • Finish
      Dark spicy notes, nutmeg, cinnamon, licorice, some eucalyptus, menthol, chocolate, coffee and raisins.

  10. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this dram at a Scotch and Folk tasting with Jock Shaw in may 2016.

    splendid blend in my opinion. Has a nice complexity and multiple layers of taste. the sweetness and smoke are very balanced. in the taste the sweetness is stronger than in the nose. 

    finish is quite long as well.

    also a very nicely priced.

    So.. .whats in it? According to the internet: 33% lowland grain (Cameronbridge), and 67% single malt: (Laphroaig, Clynelish and Benrinnes). Matured in bourbon, Sherry, and some finish in French oak.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. 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/


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