A new limited-edition blended scotch has been released by Compass Box, made with just two different whiskies.
While mainstream blends use a variety of carefully selected whiskies, The Double Single is a blend of one single grain whisky and one single malt whisky.
Compass Box founder and whisky maker John Glaser said: “For Double Single, instead of using many tens of component whiskies we have used just two. Both are beautiful liquids in their own right, but the way we’ve combined them in Double Single, the resulting whisky is an elevation above the mere sum of their parts. This is what blending is all about, whether in scotch whisky, in wine, in perfume…”
Originally created as a limited edition in 2003 for Duncan Elphick and Tatsuya Minagawa of the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie in Banffshire, this Double Single release is the third edition. “Tatsuya and Duncan came to me many years ago with a blending idea,” John said. “They suggested I try to perfectly match one single grain whisky with one single malt whisky to create what they called a ‘double single’. I loved the idea, and our first two editions have become something of a cult favourite.
“We recently got hold of some beautiful old single malt whisky from the Glen Elgin distillery, so we decided the time was right to create a new edition.”
The blending of the two whiskies in The Double Single allows the sweet caramel flavours of the grain whisky to complement the fruity and herbal flavours of the malt, giving the final blend a creamy vanilla character overlaying a delicate ethereal malt whisky character.
John added: “For this batch we’ve used single malt whisky from the Glen Elgin distillery (72% of the recipe) aged in re-charred bourbon hogsheads and a single grain whisky from the Girvan distillery also aged in re-charred bourbon barrels.
“The combination is hauntingly complex, spirit-forward and versatile scotch whisky, with a real elegance, grace and that ethereal whisky character that comes from excellent maturation. The malt whisky is perfectly balanced on a cushion of rich, decadent, vanilla-tinged grain whisky.”
Bottled at 46% ABV, a total of 5,838 bottles of The Double Single have been released worldwide.
Tasting notes from Compass Box
Nose: Light and smooth with fresh vanilla and notes of tarte tatin and caramelised fruits.
Taste: Clean, fresh flavour with more vanilla, custard and double cream.
Finish: Hint of spice and warmth with fresh, crisp apple.