A motley contingent of the GBS took a little field trip this evening to Empire State South, a great restaurant here in Atlanta, which was hosting a meet and greet with Compass Box founder and whisky blender John Glaser. The restaurant was selling most of the Compass Box standard offerings (and the GKS NY and Peat Monster anniversary) by the half oz., 1 oz., and 2 oz. pours as well as cocktails featuring some of these whiskies. Although SmokinJoe chickened out on bringing the OWA/W12 for Glaser to make a custom version of our venerable SB Blend, we had a great time talking to him. The guy is super friendly and is clearly passionate about what he does.
Almost as a joke, I asked Glaser if he brought a flask of The General to share with us. "Absolutely'" he replied and told us he'd be right back. He returned with glasses with small 1 oz. pours of The General for us. He told us the stories of the two casks of 33 year old and 40 year old blended whiskies of unknown provenance used for this bottling, which he acquired from a whisky broker and G&M respectively. The General was by far the oldest whisky I've tasted before and had an incredible antique nose, woody and complex palate, and a long satisfying finish.
By by the end of the evening, John was practically begging to become a GBS member, as evidenced by this picture. He promised to complete the mandatory goat ritual on his next trip.
P.S. BigRich has almost taught SmokinJoe how to say Auchentoshan. There were notes involved.