Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Wine and Cheese Place has been promoting great Artisan Spirits for some time now. We want to take it to the next level and let you taste them. We have some great tastings scheduled at The Wine and Cheese Place in September.
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
We have Robin Robinson, the U.S. Ambassador for Compass Box at our store!!
Thursday, September 16 - Compass Box Scotches
Come taste the award winning Whiskys from Compass Box
Compass Box Asyla...$36.99
Compass Box Hedonism...$82.99
Compass Box Oak Cross...$39.99
Compass Box Peat Monsters....$46.99
New one -- Compass Box The Spice Tree --
....known as the "illegal whisky" -- read the very interesting story about this amazing scotch
Notes taken from John Glaser, Compass Box whisky maker.
Compass Box The Peat Monster....$46.99
A malt whisky for real peat heads, and for lovers of complex, multilayered whiskies. What makes it fit into the Compass Box house style is the balance of richness and subtle sweetness that the old casks of Ardmore provide to the smoky-peaty Islay malts. This is the great benefit of combining single malts from different distilleries. We are not limited to the produce of one distillery. Like a wine maker blending grape varieties, we can create layers of complexity. And, as of late 2007, we’re introducing even more complexity by adding some south shore Islay malt to enhance the peatiness and earthiness. As with all our whiskies, several months of marrying before bottling allow the flavours of each of the whiskies to knit together.
Islay single malts from the village of Port Askaig as well as some south shore whisky (as of late 2007); and Ardmore. All aged from 10-16 years.
A mix of first-fill and refill American oak.
Compass Box Asyla -- $36.99
The Secret is in the Oak. The secret to making Asyla is the quality of the casks. We use only whiskies aged in first-fill American oak casks because these yield whiskies with more vanilla character, more richness and more sweetness than refill casks. There is no other blended Scotch whisky on the market that uses whiskies of this quality. Also, there are few blended Scotches that use 50% malt whisky as we do (all unpeated malt whiskies). The result is a carefully crafted, elegant Scotch whisky that makes the perfect aperitif.
Malt whiskies: Linkwood, Glen Elgin, Teaninich. Grain whisky: Cameron Bridge.
100% first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon.
Compass Box Oak Cross...$39.99
Innovative New Oak Casks. We work with a small mill in France that produces some of the highest quality cooperage oak in the world. It was our work with this mill that led us to experimenting with secondary maturation of malt whiskies in casks fitted with new French oak heads. This is something no one else in Scotland does. The result is malt whisky with more character and complexity. We use this technique on about 50% of the malt whisky in Oak Cross and it results in a superior finished product.
Made entirely of Highland single malt whiskies led by Teaninich and balanced with malts from the villages of Brora (for fruitiness) and Carron (for weight). All 10 to 12 years-old.
All the whiskies are aged for their primary maturation in a mix of American oak cask types. The marrying casks are a mix of first-fill Bourbon barrels and our proprietary “Oak Cross” casks made of American and new French oaks.
Compass Box Hedonism....$82.99
Rare, Old Scotch Grain Whisky. Hedonism is unusual in the Scotch whisky world: a 100% Scotch grain whisky. It is very rare to see 100% grain whisky bottling, even in Scotland. Going back 100 years, grain whisky brands were were common, but they were overtaken in popularity by the big brands of blended Scotch, which comprised both grain whisky and malt whisky. Today, most Scotch grain whisky gets blended into the big brand names, typically at young ages. For Hedonism, we search for very old casks of Scotch grain whisky, typically over 20 years in age. And we only bottle Hedonism once or twice a year, when we find casks with the right flavour profile. Rich, Sweet, Alluring. When good Scotch grain whisky is aged in good quality American oak casks, the results can be stunning: a rich, sweet, alluring whisky, redolent of vanilla, pastry cream and coconut. You’ll find all these things in our Hedonism bottlings. We believe that great Scotch grain whisky is the little-known treasure of the Scotch whisky industry.
Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge and Cambus, between the ages of 14 and 29 years old.
100% first-fill American oak barrels or rejuvenated American oak Hogsheads.
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