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04 Feb 2014

Compass Box ‘The General’

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Blends

The General is an uncommon blend. In fact it’s a ‘blend of two blends’. It consists of casks from two parcels, of unknown provenance but both containing malt and grain whisky, blended at a very young age and then matured together for many years. One parcel was 33 years old (ex-sherry butts), the other supposedly around 40 years old (ex-bourbon barrels).

These super-mature blends were recently offered to Compass Box and John Glaser worked to find the right balance of both. The General has a very high price tag for a blend, but remember it’s an old, ‘small batch’ blend and the story is just as awesome as the packaging.

 

Compass Box The GeneralThe General
(53,4%, Compass Box 2013, 1698 btl.)

Nose: a rich, old nose with plenty of finesse. Reminiscent of a 1970’s Glenfarclas. Lots of polished furniture, dried figs and toffee. Medium sherried. Sultanas and red fruits. Some mint and cinnamon. A faint whiff of toasted oak in the background. Fruit cake. Hints of coconut. Complex and elegant. Mouth: some sweet fruits, oranges and a gingery kick at first. Soft floral notes. A little varnish. Aniseed. From the nose you would never have guessed this was a blend, but now the grains are louder. Soft pepper and nutmeg. Fades on lemons and eucalyptus. Finish: medium long, very minty with a slightly peppery heat and zingy oak.

There’s something aristocratic about this blend. It has a lot of personality and almost manages to make you forget it’s not a single malt. Around € 230.

Score: 90/100

Compass Box ‘The General’ 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-02-04
  • Roberto Sikora

    Hi Ruben, I´ve just bougth me a bottle because it´s so good! Thank you for you´re Review.

  • Glenn Vanbellingen

    When i buy a bottle at that high price it has to be very good, blend or malt!

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