SCWC + Compass Box single cask
presented by Scott Ellis, Western Region Manager for Compass Box
date: Friday, November 19, 2021
time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time
As an incentive for the first 50 members who purchase 2 bottles of the Compass Box/SCWC single casks, we have a very special tasting planned. In this Zoom tasting, we will discuss the process of the selection and what makes this single cask so unique. This will be a fun night to explore our very own Compass Box single cask along with four special samples with our good friend Scott Ellis as a thank you for supporting this endeavor.
David Othenin-Girard at K&L Wine Merchants has arranged a discounted price of $45 for a limited time ($10 off K&L retail).
Compass Box/SCWC exclusive specs [purchase here]:
• Cask #90
• ABV: 49%
• Marrying Cask Type: American Oak Barrel from Cameronbridge distillery
• Age of Youngest Spirit: 2/12/2015
• Marrying Cask Filling Date: 4/27/2020
• 234 bottles
This expression is the Compass Box equivalent of a single barrel, but more complex. How does Compass Box, a blending house, produce a single barrel but still impart their magic while also offering a unique product? The marrying cask of course! After the peaty, high malt content, Glasgow Blend is put together, the whisky gets redistributed into its original cask for months of marrying to highlight the notes originally contributed by that cask. In our case we selected an American Oak Barrel that held Cameronbridge Lowland grain whisky for a long time. Part of this decision was that while everyone else was going for the sherry cask, we chose the opposite in search of a robust profile with the oak + sweetness of the grain balancing the smoke + peat — a whisky more conversational and a perfect cocktail base.
All that rich salty peat (nearly 20% of Glasgow Blend is Laphroaig) is amplified by the toffee and dry oak letting that earthy smoke and maritime influence shine. The marrying cask is then bottled at a much higher proof than the typical Glasgow blend, and it remains unchillfiltered and not colored. The youngest spirit in this bottling was distilled February 2015, the marrying cask was filled April 2020, and it married for 15 months before being bottled for Southern California Whiskey Club.
Compass Box Zoom event lineup:
1. Orchard House
2. No Name 3
3. Glasgow Blend standard release
4. Glasgow Blend K&L Exclusive Craigellachie Aged Oloroso Marrying Cask #1 [link]
+ your purchased bottles of the SCWC + Compass Box single cask
about Compass Box:
Founded by US entrepreneur John Glaser from his kitchen in 2000 as a blending house for the modern era, constantly innovating a range of innovative blended Scotch, blended malt, and blended grain whiskies. John is also always pushing for more transparency with the blends, and happily gives you the recipe to all his blends (something that is actually not allowed according to Scotch Whisky Association rules). [website]
The club will ship the bonus samples out directly to those who purchase 2 of the Southern California Whiskey Club bottle and we will coordinate with K&L with verifying the emails for the first 50 that purchase two or more bottles no later than November 15, 2021.
Zoom information is on the placemat + SCWC website page
Big thanks to David OG and Scott Ellis for making this happen!
appearance: bright copper
nose: honeycomb, lemon peel, and ash. Complex and extremely expressive.
taste: candied orange, apricot, and toasted walnut. In the middle, the clove and nutmeg appear as the earthy notes really assert themselves to gradually evolve into an elegant and lively scotch. Doughy malt and toasted coconut sweetness compliment the blend. The vanilla oak sweetness lingers for a very long time in the balanced finish, providing dried tropical fruits and smoldering driftwood.
note: this is a great everyday whisky with a peaty malt center. Fine for sipping but excellent as a smoky cocktail base.
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