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Compass Box, Great King Street, Artist's Blend 50cl
Compass Box's homage to blended whisky, Great King Street combines fruity and perfumed Lowland Grain whisky with malty, grassy single malts from the Highlands and Speyside. Aged mostly in first fill American oak with touches of heavily toasted new French oak (a practice almost unheard of in the whisky world) and first fill sherry butt. A host of delicious sweet notes with apples, pears, toffee, vanilla and banoffee pie coming through. Cakey notes slowly give way to reveal a little citrus tang. The smooth sweetness continues with toffee apples, raisins and fruit salad but is also bulked out with a good balance of cinnamon apple bake with nutmeg, ground nuts and a dusting of brown sugar. A slightly fiery finish with some grapefruit and toast rounds off one of the best blended whiskies.