It’s not every day you see single casks of Blended Scotch Whisky. After all, it’s antithetical to the entire idea of Blended Scotch. Consistency and homogeneity are king when it comes to blends, but of course we can count on Compass Box to upend industry norms. We’ve always been fans of the standard Great King Street release as an affordable, and flavor packed, everyday dram. So when we were offered the chance to get a couple of handpicked casks with different finishing options it was an easy yes.
After all of the component whiskies in Great King Street are blended together, the blend is put back into the original barrels that the component whiskies came from. Those barrels vary greatly, and could be American oak, sherry butts, French oak and others. Great King Street is aged an additional year or two in these “marrying cask” barrels before being blended back together again and bottled.