For those not in the know No Age Statement (NAS) whiskies are a particularly controversial topic within the whisky world, stemming from brands historically promoted the age statement as a symbol of quality. NAS whiskies are a double edged sword, while on the one hand allowing distilleries the ability to create more interesting blends without being their whiskies being mistakenly seen as inferior they do so by withholding even more information from the consumer. I’ve previously put together a more in-depth overview and commentary of the NAS question so I won’t repeat it all here but suffice to say John Glaser and Compass Box are requesting the right to be allowed to detail the age, and percentage of each – in short the recipe.
The 3 year age statement on this blend is very much a challenge to that very piece of legislation, that only 0.4% of this blend is 3%, the remainder being “an unstated but considerably older age” spirit 90.3% from the Clynelish distillery (produced near the village of Brora) and 9.3% produced by Talisker (the distillery on Skye). The circa £200 price tag being a further indicator of the age.