Compass Box has announced the release of the third limited-edition expression in their Extinct Blends Quartet: Metropolis.
Only 5,190 bottles of this blend will roll out worldwide.
Blended Scotch whisky has long historical ties to metropolitan centers, including blending vats in Glasgow and bottling in Edinburgh, the company says. With Metropolis, Compass Box means to pay homage to the life and energy of cities by creating a blend that draws together shortbread and honey notes contributed by malt whiskies from the Ablerlour and Miltonduff distilleries, combined with a parcel of blended Scotch that is further matured in sherry butts.
This produces fattiness and dried fruit richness in the creamy, zesty grain whisky, the company reports, leading to subtle scents of hot metal and smoke, courtesy of malt whisky from the Bowmore Distillery.
“With Metropolis, we continue to revive, recreate, and reimagine legendary whisky blends of the past,” says James Saxon, Compass Box lead whiskymaker. “The Extinct Blends Quartet celebrates discontinued characters and flavors, reappraising four very different expressions of blended Scotch. These exclusive blends pay homage to specific moments in time, where relationships, ideas and people created delicious whiskies.”
As with all Compass Box expressions, the producer expresses its vision through a unique label from the design team at Stranger & Stranger.
Metropolis will be available in the U.S. beginning September 20. Bottled at 98 proof, it retails for a suggested price of $325 per 700-ml. bottle.