Review No.32. Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend

If you are familiar with my reviews then you will know that I am a big fan of Compass Box, I think most people are, and I think that the blended whisky category is an exciting one with huge potential that I don’t think we are seeing yet.  Compass Box are doing something about that though, they are a blending house and are very creative in the way that they create their blends.  Each whisky within their portfolio offers something unique to the other. I intend to make my way through their entire range.


Whisky: Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend, Blended Scotch Whisky, 43% vol.

Nose: Light vanilla, custard creams, apple and rhubarb crumble, hint of salt and oak

Taste: Apple, custard tart, vanilla, nuts, oak

Finish: Candy sweetness and oak

Score: 2.5

Summary: This blend is very light and delicate, it is ideal for introducing people to whisky.  You may thinking why I am scoring this 2.5 after all the positive things I have said about Compass Box.  Well, if you have tried many whiskies then you may feel that this is too light and delicate, even at 43%.  I was seeking more but the flavours just disappeared too quickly, sometimes you want a little kick to make you stand up and take notice. This just politely sits in the background and goes unnoticed.  Of course, this is intentional on the part of Compass Box as it has its part to play in their portfolio of blends.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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