Compass Box This Is Not a Luxury Whisky


Compass Box // Scotland

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To celebrate its 15th year, Compass Box has released this limited edition in homage of painter René Magritte's surrealist masterpiece "Ceci n'est pas un pipe" ("this is not a pipe"), both created with the intention of, as Master Blender John Glaser states, challenging "peoples' perception of reality." The idea is that the common definition of "luxury whisky" is that it is rare, expensive and old, yet Glaser also maintains that "luxury" should also be about the character of the whisky itself. This blend contains 19-year malt aged in first-fill sherry butts from Glen Ord (79%), 40-year grain from Strathclyde (10.1%), 40-year grain from Girvan (6.9%) and 30-year malt from Caol Ila (4 %) (the last 3 whiskies aged in oak hogshead casks). Limited to 4,992 bottles, non chill-filtered.

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    Comprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
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Tasting Notes

"The idea of luxury is about wealth, which also means richness, of which this whisky shows off like a socialite on a Beverly Hills shopping spree. A lush, extra creamy balance of vanilla, coconut, spice and a puff of sweet smoke play on the palate. All of this takes a break to stop for a cheeky hit of nutty sherry before returning to the mix, which ends in a long, distinguished wave."

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