Sep 19, 2012

Compass Box The Entertainer...

The Entertainer Limited Edition (46.0%): Continuing with the sample bottles I brought back from Compass Box offices in Chiswick... The Entertainer is a limited edition whisky John Glaser blended exclusively for Selfridges Department Stores. I have to admit that it is one of the best label and box designs from Compass Box till now. The whole project is dedicated to Henry Gordon Selfridge, who came to London from Chicago and founded Selfridges in 1909. Replicating the old style of blended scotch whiskies back from the turn of the 20th century The Entertainer contains high proportions of single malt components to its grain whisky components. Only 1000 bottles are released. Color: Pale yellow like a Pinot Grigio. Nose: Mouthwateringly sweet, malty and fruity: Tutti frutti popsickles, gummi bears. Candied orange peel and crystallized ginger candy. Very subtle sweet smoke. More like a smell coming from my grandmother's kitchen when she was boiling her famous quince jam. Wild flower honey and bergamot peels. Actually this nose reminded me some Bladnoch expressions I tasted before. Palate: Very creamy mouthfeel... Again smoke comes sweet like caramelized sugar on a slightly over-burnt creme caramel. Sweet, still warm, out of the oven corn bread and oatmeal raisin cookies. Finish: Fairly long and peppery. Sweet spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Chewing some straws towards the very end. Overall: I know it is the biggest cliche of the whisky tasting jargon but this is an amazingly well balanced whisky. I would totally guess it as a single malt in a blind tasting. It's so hard to pick up the individual components of the blend. From nose to finish it shows all the characteristics of a big, rich and impressive whisky. I have to warn you though: if you are thinking to purchase a bottle you have to be willing to pay £85.00 which is around $140.00...