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Stranger & Stranger Blended Whisky Review and Tasting Notes

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Some may call it sacrilege, but we thought the addition of one year old ‘sacrificial spirit’ would be the perfect component to use in our limited edition blend to celebrate ten years of collaboration with our good friends at the package design company Stranger & Stranger.Compass Box Whisky
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  • DISTILLER: Compass Box Whisky
  • MASH BILL:  A blend of Scotch Malted Whisky with Wheat & Barley Spirit
  • AGE:   NAS - No Age Statement
  • YEAR: 2019
  • PROOF: 46% ABV (92-Proof)
  • MSRP: $200.00

NOSE: Heavy Apple  |  Vanilla  |  Apple Cider

TASTE: Apple  |  Clove  |  Vanilla  |  White Pepper

FINISH: Long and spicy with white pepper

SHARE WITH: Scotch fans who aren’t purists and willing to try something a little different.

WORTH THE PRICE: While decent, it is questionable charging $200 for a Scottish whisky that can’t even legally be called Scotch.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST:  I rated this as a Bar mostly due to the price.

OVERALL:  I’ve enjoyed many releases of Compass Box and, pardon the pun, they’re very much an outside the box distillery and they are about as transparent as a distillery will get. Due to their creativity, some of their releases can be pricey. But the big question here is Is Stranger & Stranger worth $200.00? I don’t think so.

Stranger & Stranger is a blend of 80% Glenlossie malt aged in re-charred hogsheads, 14% Glen Elgin malt aged in re-charred barrels, 5% Linkwood malt aged in sherry butts, and 1% Girvan grain spirit aged for a year in refilled hogsheads. The latter spirit was first aged for a year in American oak then transferred to the used hogshead. Compass Box calls this a sacrificial spirit because it is what prevents this whisky being classified as Scotch as it is less than three years old.

Stranger & Stranger is non-chill filtered, has no artificial coloring (caramel coloring is allowed with Scotch whisky), and there were 4802 bottles produced.

I tried Stranger & Stranger both neat and with a few drops of water. The only thing that water added was to bring out a saline quality on the nose and added length to the peppery finish.

I did enjoy Stranger & Stranger, but I didn’t enjoy it for $200.00. I love to #DrinkCurious and do not classify myself as a Scotch purist. I’m interested in the end result. Even if there was no sacrificial spirit blended in, I’d still not rate this as a $200.00 worthy purchase. It is nice, it is interesting in a good way, but it is also overpriced.

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Jeffrey Schwartz

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Known throughout Wisconsin (and now the world) as Whiskeyfellow, Jeff was a late-bloomer to the Wonderful World of Whiskey. At the suggestion of his wife, he started with Scotch and was hooked. He was under the impression that he was happy. A friend asked him several times to try Bourbon, and he eventually gave in, only to fall completely in love with it. Those first steps started him on his #DrinkCurious adventure that led him to #RespectTheBottomShelf. Jeff now relishes many types of whiskeys, ranging from the super-affordable to the super-premium and everything in between. Aside from simply sipping and writing about it, Jeff now enjoys spreading the whiskey gospel by hosting educational tasting events. Read Jeff's full profile.


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    I guess it is kind of silly for you to write about items such as elmer t lee limited edition products when the standard elmer t lee is just about impossible to come across. I guess you have to be an owner of a large liquor market or one of the elite writers who get to enjoy such products

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      Michael, thanks for commenting, although I am a bit confused. I haven’t reviewed Elmer T. Lee on Bourbon & Banter. However, I’d like to address your concern.

      Let’s say that you did come across a bottle of something difficult to find… would you buy it on blind faith for fear of missing out, or would you want to know if it was worth the secondary price (or higher) that you’re being asked to pay?

      Also, different markets vary widely. As an example, there are things that are impossible to find here in Wisconsin, but if I drive 45 minutes south and go to Illinois, they’re easier to find, and vice-versa.


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