Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend, NAS, 43 %

Compass Box Great King Street Artist's BlendCompass Box blends whiskies. I have shared my tasting notes on their Hedonism Blended Grain earlier.

Great King Street Our whisky line is named after a street in the New Town of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Great King Street has been home to the registered office of the Compass Box Whisky Company since 2000.

Compass Box shares many details about this blend:

We believe in transparency. These days, more and more people are interested to know what is in their whisky. Here is a breakdown of the whisky components of Artist’s Blend.
WHISKY (Spirit Character)
ALowland Grain Whisky (fruity/perfumed)46%
BNorthern Highland Single Malt (malty/fruity)28%
CNorthern Highland Single Malt (grassy/perfumed)17%
DSpeyside Single Malt (meaty)9%
Here is a breakdown of the wood components of Artist’s Blend.
WOOD (Flavour Impact)
1First Fill American Oak Barrel (vanilla)66%
2New French Oak Finish {New-Headed Barrel}26%
(Grilled Marshmallow, toastiness, roasted coffee)
3First Fill Sherry Butt (wine, dried fruits)8%

This whisky comes in 50 cl bottles. It is available in Norway at NOK 429,90 (item number 1686202). It is not available in Sweden.

Nose (22/25): Very smooth and nice. Vanilla and fudge. Malt and oak. Sweet, but not too sweet. Some freshness as well. I got mint and eucalyptus.

Taste (22/25): Very rich and quite smooth. A malty sweetness mixed with vanilla and salt. Fresh and a little touch of fruitiness. I got apples and pears.

Finish (22/25): A spicy and salty finish that lasts for a long time. Ginger, nutmeg and white pepper.

Balance (23/25): This was a nice surprise. Such a rich and tasteful blend, and with and ABV at 43 %. I am impressed. This is certainly a well done job of the blender. This is by far the best blend I have tasted from Compass Box.

Score (89/100)

– Tone



  1. I would presume that since this is one of the standard bottlings for Compass Box, there would be different batches made at varying times. Would you expect them to differ in taste/experience and if so by how much? Is there any way to tell which batch a bottle is from?

    • Hi Michael. I would expect some minor batch differences, but as you say this is a standard expression from Compass Box. I assume efforts are made to make it more or less identical in character from batch to batch. As for telling which batch a specific bottle is from, I did not really look for this on our bottle. I’ll have to put my glasses on and turn on the bright lights and have a closer look! I’ll see what I can find.


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