April 6, 2023

Compassbox glassgow

Compassbox glassgow
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On today's episode we have a glass of Compass box Glassglow.  This is the start of our Scotch series with special guest Ryan from the club!  We talk about blending, Marrying Casks, and heavy peated scotches. All that and more on today's episode of Whiskey Chasers! 

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  • Compass box is not one of a kind when it comes to the world of Scotch. It is a blending company, which is how several distilleries got their start in scotland.
  • They consider themselves ‘Whiskymakers’ 
    • a word they invented 
    • A Whiskymaker is someone who feels compelled to make things better - to ask questions, to challenge, to experiment. A Whiskymaker is different from a distiller, and more than a blender.
  • If they were a bourbon company, I would be bashing them for this! But, again, majority of blended scotch companies started this way 
  • Back in 2000, John Glaser was working for a large UK distiller when he realized that there was so much that hadn’t yet been explored in the world of Scotch whisky.
  • So, he started Compass Box, an inventive company based on the long-lost model of the Scotch whisky blending house, but with a forward-looking approach and an unrelenting desire to create deliciousness.
  • Originally working from his kitchen, Compass Box has grown over the years and now has two dedicated Blending Rooms in London. 
  • They have their own stocks of maturing whiskies in Scotland and a team of over 15 hugely enthusiastic whisky-lovers. 
  • The bottle: 
    • In his 1930s book ‘Whisky’, Aeneas MacDonald teaches us that Glaswegians historically preferred fuller bodied and more flavor-packed whiskies than people in other parts of the world. So what better name for a whisky such as this?
    • Glaswegians are also famed for their sense of humor, which is why the city’s Wellington statue – traditionally dressed down with a traffic cone – is featured on the front label.
    • Glasgow Blend boasts a high single malt content. Inclusion of malt whisky matured in Oloroso Sherry-seasoned butts, and an Islay single malt of a powerfully peaty nature, has made this a blended Scotch whisky like no other.
    • Full, rich and smoky on the palate, with notes of sticky toffee pudding, Sherry wine character and impressions of a coal fire, Glasgow Blend shines in combination with rich cheeses and cured meats.
  • Even further down the rabbit hole: 
    • Married blends are very common. They take the blended whiskey, then put it back in the barrels they came from, age some more and then are blended together for bottling
    • This is a single marry cask 
      • It was put back in it’s original barrel aged and then bottled 
        • Lowland Grain Whiskey Barrel
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