Compass Box Double Single is the third edition of a ‘unique’ blended whisky expression. Originally introduced back in 2003, and re-released in a 10th Year Anniversary Bottling in 2010, Compass Box Double Single highlights the idea of the true virtue of blending grain whisky with malt whisky to create a truly elegant style. This edition was selected as ‘The Blended Scotch – No Age Statement (Premium)’ by Jim Murray in this latest book – Whisky Bible 2018.

The original idea of creating a blended whisky not from a lot of components but just two came from a session with Duncan Elphick and Tatsuya Minagawa of the Highlander Inn on Speyside.

John Glaser, The founder of The Compass Box Co. explains the vision behind this unique expression as follows;

“May we begin by posing a question? How many components are required to create true complexity in a Blended Scotch Whisky?

For Double Single, instead of using many tens of component whiskies, we have used just two – one single grain whisky and one single malt whisky (hence the name). Both are beautiful liquids in their own right but we believe they are elevated above the sum of their parts when combined in the correct proportions…

… We believe that when using components of the highest quality, less is often more. That the interaction between a single grain and a single malt can be every bit as good – better even – than either a more complex blend or the components tasted on its own.”

The Double Single Third Edition comes from two distinctive spirits. 72% of the recipe is a 19-Year-Old Single Malt aged in a re-charred Bourbon Hogshead from The Glen Elgin Distillery. The remaining 28% is from a single grain of a certain age (at least equal to the malt whisky) sourced from Girvan Distillery. The single grain whisky is also aged in re-charred Bourbon barrels.

Compass Box Double Single is limited to 5838 bottles and comes with 46% ABV. It is non-chilled filtered and does not contain any additional additives for coloring. It is available from The Whisky Exchange Website with a price tag of £145.

Compass Box Double Single

Compass Box Double Single Whisky Tasting Notes

Color: Rich golden color… (Natural)

Nose: Nice and warm apple pie… Freshly baked apple slices and maybe some pears, topped with light caramel syrup… strong vanilla… all the sweetness masterfully balanced with wood spices like nutmegs, cinnamons and a bit of pepper…

Palate: Very similar to notes from the nose with some additional grain, cereal, flavors… Fresh apples are still the star whilst Toffee and vanilla heighten the sweetness… wood spices, especially cinnamon, are bolder on the palate… Darker, toasted oak notes come out on the background to create some dryness and add a little bit of bitter taste to the overall character…

Finish: Medium to long… Fresh fruit notes leave behind a dry wood with a touch of lemon zest aftertaste…

On my whisky journey, I like to follow John Glaser as much as possible. I find his limited edition creations to be the best examples of fresh and innovative thinking in the market. This edition really proves that you do not need tons of expressions to create something great. It may not be as complex or layered as some of the other editions but Mr. Glaser still managed to deliver a character profile with a lot of depth… Other than the pricing – not only this but most of the other Compass Box expression too – I strongly recommend it…

Slainte Mhath…

Compass Box Double Single Whisky Review
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