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Compass Box Battle of the Titans: The Circus vs The General Reviews

Once again I’ve been too quite in the last few months on the blog, but since the Jewish holiday season ended last week and I’ve recently celebrated my birthday, I have no more excuses and it’s time to resume activity on the blog. I’ve decided to start with some premium drams that I was very late to the party with them: The Circus and The General, both are matured and aged blends from the Compass Box.

But the blame for such a late review of The Circus doesn’t falls solely on my shoulders. The sample that was sent to me didn’t arrive and has disappeared from what looked like a tampered or damaged parcel. Damn those thirsty Post Office workers! But thanks to #whiskyfabric and its far reaching arms, I’ve eventually managed to secure myself a replacement sample.

But since a lot of time passed until I got the replacement sample, the review got delayed and delayed and I was also less inclined to post a review of The Circus by itself because I didn’t publish a review of their previous old aged blend, The General, and so I thought to myself: why not review them both? Taste and review The General and The Circus head to head and see who’s the better of the two?

So let’s start with the Circus. It’s part of Compass Box previous releases wave (along with The Enlightnment) and it’s a blended whisky. Unlike previous releases, the Ingredients list here doesn’t reveal a lot of information – we don’t know which distilleries were used here and what’s the malt/grain ratio, only that the the old blended whisky parcels are 85% of the final result and that the marrying casks are sherry butts:

the circus ingredients

Compass Box The Circus (49%, 2490 bottles, €219.90/$240 )

compass box the circus

Photo credit: thewhiskyexchange.com

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Whisky Review – Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney 8 year old

Don’t know about you, but at the moment I’m in a peat whisky mode. Had some great peated whisky lately (including 2 fabulous whiskies last night), and I’m trying to enjoy it as much as I can before the too hot summer season settles in pushing me into the lighter & fruity side of whisky.

So let’s check today another peated whisky – Wemyss Peat Chimney 8 year old. It was the fourth and last whisky in the WemyssTT3 Tweet Tasting that took place 1.5 weeks ago, closing out the event on a high (peated) note.

Peat Chimney is a 100% blended malt (vatted malt) with no grain whisky, and the core malts here come from Islay so we should expect some sweet smoke and peat.

Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney 8 year old (40%, £28.35)

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Whisky Review – Black Bottle

Whisky blends are somewhere between 92% to 96% (depends on your source) of the entire whisky market which is quite mind boggling – our love is to an almost aforementioned segment (quantity and economically wise) and most of it is taken up from brands like Ballantines, Bells and many others (cheaper and pricier).

So following my review of Ballantines Finest last Friday – how about we try some other blended whisky? It appears to me that Black Bottle is positioned as higher level blend than the It’s definitely produced in a lower quantity and the black color of the bottle does looks nicer. Let’s check how it tastes, shall we? Continue reading