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Compass Box "Myths & Legends I" Single Malt Scotch Whiskey (750ml)

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Compass Box has always challenged the Scotch industry. The Myths and Legends series continues this wonderful trend. Myths & Legends I is 100% Balblair single malt, but a combination of casks that each highlight unique properties and together are greater than the sum of the parts. From Compass Box: "Scotch whisky has a rich array of stories, myths and legends. However, what start as myths can become received wisdom, influencing our understanding and restricting our enjoyment. We have deployed blending to challenge assumptions, biases and prejudices concerning Scotch in this limited edition series we call Myths & Legends. It may surprise some, but blending is as crucial to the creation of single malts as it is to blended whisky. Myths & Legends I highlights the extent to which individual casks are often unreliable authorities for the style of whisky made at a distillery; it is by blending casks together that a fuller picture of distillery character can emerge."

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2020 | Send Email
This series of interesting releases dives into the Myths about blending and how that is achieved to elucidate a distilleries true nature even within a single malt. Here we're on one of my favorite Northern Highland distilleries, Balblair. This is a blend of nearly equal parts of two distinct parcels. The first, about 15-16 years old was aged in rechar American Oak barrels (42.3%) and the second a parcel aged entirely in first fill bourbon for 22 years. The result is something so distinctly Balblair it could be used as a reference. The nose boasts tons of malt, vanilla, lemon cake and pepper. Behind are hints of yellow & white flowers (honeysuckle, marigold, magnolias, etc.) yet not perfumed per say. On the palate caramelize green apples, zesty lemon peel, tea tree and cinnamon. A zippy zesty example of what this special distillery delivers when not aged in sherry.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2020 | Send Email
I love Compass Box for so many reasons. The first is that every whisky they bottle is absolutely delicious. The second is that they always push the boundaries of your expectations. The third is their irreverence for convention. Myths & Legends gets at everything I love. M&L I is 100% Balblair - making it a single malt and explicitly challenging the common idea that single casks are the best expression of a distillery. 57.7% of the blend is 22 year old first fill bourbon. 26% is a recharred American oak barrel which notched a respectable 16 years old. The remaining 16.3% of the blend is 15 year old Balblair, also in recharred American oak. The whisky itself is a spectacular combination of sweet fruit (heavily geared toward the citrus and stonefruit varieties) and a rich and creamy profile both on the nose and the palate. Salt water taffy and a background floral note keep the spirit feeling bright and lifted from entry to finish. It's one of the best expressions of Balblair on the market. When you consider the age of the whisky and the price, it's also a stunning value.

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