Review: Compass Box Asyla

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Cameronbridge, Glen Elgin, Teaninich, Linkwood / Compass Box

Region: Blend

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: First Fill American oak, refill hogsheads

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: White wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Pears, vanilla, floral, citrus, “green fruits”

Feel: Light and delicate

Taste: Apple, melon, vanilla, citrus, oak, brine

Finish: Short, gentle, vanilla, apple, lemon, white chocolate, and a touch of salinity

Thoughts: The front of the bottle says delicate, fruity, and balanced and I’d mostly agree with that. A good aperitif scotch to pair with appetizers, or desert, but not too much to write home about on it’s own. As a blend it is superior to a lot of the big boys though.

Score: 73 out of 100

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut Blade Runner 2049

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Paid: $100

Distilled/Owned by: Blended / Diageo

Region: Scotland

49% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Citrus, light smoke, honey, vanilla icing, sugar, pomegranate, malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, ash, light smoke, caramel, oak, pepper, leather

Finish: Good warmth and length, vanilla, citrus, smoke, tobacco and brown sugar with cream

Thoughts: Yeah I’m the chump that would have bought this even if it stunk because Blade Runner. I am happy to report it is an enjoyable blend that has much better feel and finish than the regular black label. It’s a shame that she won’t live (in this case long on my shelf), but then again, who does?

Score: 82 out of 100

Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend

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Price: $30 for 750ml

Distillery/Owned By: Blend / Compass Box

Region: Scotland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 50% Grain whisky, 50% malt whisky

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Straw gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Citrus, apricots, vanilla, grass, grains, and floral notes

Mouthfeel: Slightly waxy

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, nuts, flowers, honey, citrus, and baking spice

Finish: Slight under medium length and warmth. Leche and marshmallows with a hint of dryness.

Thoughts: Very sweet, and the grains work well without ruining the flavor like in some other blends.

Score: 79 out of 100

 

 

Compass Box Great King Street Artists Blend Unholy Triumvirate Oak Cross

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Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Compass Box

Region: Scotland

49% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed, married in oak cross casks for 1 year

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, malt, orchard fruits, oak, caramel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, baked goods, oak, and caramel

Finish: Oak and spices with gentle warmth and a short to medium length finish.

Thoughts: I liked this a bit more than the normal CB AB, but it’s still very straightforward. Curious to see how the other single marrying casks taste still.

Score: 80 out of 100

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

Paid: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Edrington

Region: Scotland

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Color: Dark gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Malty butter, cream, vanilla, oak, and pepper

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, oak , pepper, leather, cream butter, wax, and honey

Finish: Medium heat, lasting waxy vanilla and butter cream with a hint of baking spice

Thoughts: I actually like this blend quite a bit, it’s priced well, and is a nice alternative vanilla to the bourbons I usually enjoy. The lack of chill filtering and higher proof help take it to that next step.

Score: 80 out of 100

Johnnie Walker Double Black

Johnnie Walker Double Black

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Diageo

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Caramel and smoke, with hints of oak char, earthy grass, and grains.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Palate/Taste: Slight peat smoke, lemon tart, baked bread, pepper, and oak.

Finish: Under medium in length with a slight warmth, lingering smoke and caramel grains.

Thoughts: This was certainly smokier than the regular black label, but I’d rate it the same. Different, profile, but of equal quality.

Score: 76 out of 100

Johnnie Walker Platinum

Johnnie Walker Platinum

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Diageo

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Off gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Milk chocolate, citrus, floral, apples, and honey

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery

Palate/Taste: Soapy caramel, floral, honey, milk chocolate, citrus, and a touch of nuts

Finish: Short and slight warmth. Confectionary sugar, grain aftertaste, oak

Thoughts: It’s very straightforward with the nose and palate being the same, very thin. Nothing offensive but nothing to make me want it again. I liked it a bit more than the Blue Label.

Score: 76 out of 100