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Compass Box Asyla Blended Scotch whisky

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Regular Price: $75.90

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Quick Overview

In the latter part of 2005, French importer, La Maison du Whisky, celebrated its 50th birthday. To commemorate this, the owner, Thierry Benitah pick one marrying cask each of “Asyla” and “Eleuthera” which is bottled in Scotland just for him as “Asyla Mariage” and “Eleuthera Mariage.” Like the “Mariage” bottling for Belgium, these were at slightly higher strength from classic bottling of these whiskies.

Ultimate “everyday,” “before dinner” or “Sunday afternoon” Scotch whisky With just a splash of chilled water, this blend of soft, sweet grain whiskies and elegant, refined malt whiskies epitomizes “deliciousness” in the world of Scotch whisky.

Compass Box Asyla Blended Scotch whisky

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The Secret is in the Oak

The secret to making Asyla is the quality of the casks. They 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. Asyla is made with 50% malt whisky. There are few blended Scotches that use as high malt content as Compass Box. The result is a carefully crafted, elegant blended Scotch whisky that makes the perfect aperitif.

The Signature Range from Compass Box

Asyla is part of the Signature Range from Compass Box. The five Scotch whiskies in this range cover the entire spectrum of Scotch whisky styles, from the delicate, sweet character of Asyla, to the subtle vanilla, clove and fruity characteristics of Oak Cross, the rich and spice notes of The Spice Tree, the peaty smoky character of The Peat Monster and the elegant flavors of vanilla cream, toffee and coconut in Hedonism. Each is made from the highest quality casks, to create more complexity. The whiskies are combined according to each recipe and returned to casks for marrying up to 24 months before bottling. Steps like these enhance complexity, flavor integration and soft mouth feel. Extra steps, but we think they’re worth it.

Color: Pale, pale, pale straw, almost clear.
Nose: Evident Clynelish – waxy, vegetal, vanilla. This actually it reminds of (really nice) Reposado Tequila. Deeper in, a hint of lime juice or lemon peel, the aroma is sparse, Melon, ethereal, ripe rosy apples, delicate smoke, but clean.
Palate: A slight creaminess certainly not thin. Vanilla returns, and Gristy malt, touch of black pepper, grassy, oaky, orchard fruit, and a layer of cereal sweetness.
Flavor Descriptors: Sweet, delicate and very smooth on the palate, with flavors of vanilla-cream, cereals and a subtle apple like fruit character
Distillery Sourcing: Single malts from the towns of Alness and Longmorn single grain whisky from Fife.
Wood: 100% first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon.
Finish: Short, but with some nice marshmallow, vanilla custard, and cream soda flavors. No bitterness.
With Water: A few drops of water seem to draw out the “new make” aspect of the younger components revealing more cut grass or raw cane sugar types of notes. Water thins the palate, adding nothing, and is similarly ineffective for the finish. This needs no water.
Overall: This is a clean, crisp, and borderline bland example of what skillful hands can do with young or inexpensive whisky blending components. It is far more clean and elegant than most blended scotch on the planet. However, its clean lines leave very little behind in terms of flavor or complexity. If you’re looking for an inexpensive blend without a lot of character, but without any obvious flaws, this is a good one to try.
Recommendations: Ideal as an aperitif served in a white wine or similar glass with chilled water to taste. Try before a meal with shavings of Parmigianino Reggiano.

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