London: March 10th, 2016
Jeff Jones and I fly out to London in March to have dinner with John and taste the final blend. The original 19 year old Glen Ord sherry butt and 31 year old Caol Ila hogshead have now been marrying the cask for almost an additional year. By the time it's bottled, the whisky will have seen an extra year of maturation. We taste the final product and go over the final artwork. We're absolutely overjoyed by the outcome. Five years after proposing the idea of a custom Compass Box/K&L blend, I can safely say that I never thought it would result in a whisky of this level of quality. The 5th & Harrison strays from a Flaming Heart prototype to become more of an unintentional Port Ellen homage.