Compass Box "Artist Blend" Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1076085 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Part of the Great King Street series, this is a sweetie of a blended Scotch. The first featherlight sips open with vanilla custard, orchard fruit and coconut cream, rounding into enticing red fruit on the finish. A splash of water unlocks more red fruit, along with tinges of butterscotch, oak and spice. *Best Buy* (KN) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Nostalgic aromas of wafers, white chocolate, hints of spice, and vanilla ice cream make this a mouthwatering choice. Sweet and creamy, there are rich flavors of vanilla panna cotta, candied fruit, pear, apricot, and white chocolate, adding caramel, custard creams, and sliced banana toward the end. Inspired by great blenders from many generations ago, this is astonishingly good for pleasurable drinking and mixing. (JM, Fall 2020) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

(Formerly Compass Box Great King Street "Artist's" Blended Scotch Whisky - just a new package and a less cumbersome name) The illustrious John Glaser does it again with this exceptional little blend. This guy is single-handedly making blended whisky cool again, and owning a bottle of the Great King Street definitely makes you the coolest guy on the block.

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/2/2020 | Send Email
I think blended Scotch gets a bad rap these days. It may lack some of the distinctive traits of the more coveted single malts, when you consider how much cask blending occurs in the massive production at big-name distilleries, you might reconsider any prejudice you may have for the category. Especially because some of it is damn delicious. Enter the Artist's Blend from Compass Box's Great King Street line. Though it's perfectly suited for a wide variety of cocktails (I recently used it for the base in a batch of Penicillin) it's endlessly enjoyable on its own. Vanilla, sweet cream, stewed peach and golden grain meld seamlessly with savory malt, ample spice and a hint of minty peat. The name of the game here is balance - something the blenders at Compass Box are exceptionally skilled at maintaining. That same artistry is at work in all the nationally available single malts, but you can get a bottle of this for a fraction of the price.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2016 | Send Email
Sometimes I thank that blended Scotch does not get enough respect. The Great King Street Artist Series is not smoky and is soft and flavorful. There is no caramel color to get in the way.It is great on the rocks with soda,providing a refreshing,lively and delicious experience. A great way to begin an evening.

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