Compass Box launches new limited edition Magic Cask blended Scotch

Compass Box launches new limited edition Magic Cask blended Scotch

Made from a blend of Speyside malt whiskies, the new dram’s defining characteristic is the inclusion of whisky from one Oloroso sherry-seasoned cask

News | 03 Feb 2021

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In 2016, Compass Box re-racked a robust one-year-old malt spirit into first-fill Oloroso-seasoned butts. By 2019, one particular cask – #2 – proved so compelling that they began to experiment.

Compass Box Founder and whisky maker John Glaser commented, “Sometimes just one cask in a blend of many can provide the touch of magic that allows the whole arrangement to sing.

“We first took advantage of this phenomenon in 2006 when an experimental whisky, finished in an ex-Madeira barrique, led to the Limited Edition bottling we called Magic Cask. We’re delighted to be able to share with you again the magical influence one exceptional cask – a sherry-seasoned cask in this case – can have on a recipe.”

On the palate, Magic Cask offers notes of ripe golden dessert apples with an oaky richness, alongside toffee and cocoa powder; Compass Box recommends pouring the whisky as a rich, fruity, after-dinner drink.

Whisky maker James Saxon added, “We have had samples of whisky from the lost Imperial Distillery in our Blending Room for some time. However, finding the right project and accompaniments to this parcel of single malt proved a challenge.

“Then, last year, we discovered cask #2 amongst samples drawn from our 2016 Sherry cask maturation experiment. Full to the brim with cherry fruit and cedar spice character, it was a remarkably precocious whisky. When combined with the parcel from the lost distillery, it created an exceptionally rich and layered blended malt Scotch whisky.”

Available in the UK, Magic Cask retails at £145.00, with an ABV of 46%. 5,538 bottles have been produced globally, including the UK.
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