This is a gentle, subtly complex, somewhat lithe, easy drinking whisky evenly-proportioned notes of vanilla and coconut, with more subtle notes of clove, anise, and delicate fruit, all wrapped up in a gentle,malty body. A very versatile whisky.
Jim Murray, The Whisky Bible 94
This is a genius whisky that must be drunk exactly as nature intended.
"A malt whisky inspired by our travels to the forests of France. As you may know, we work with a small mill in France that makes some of the highest quality cooperage oak in the world. It was our workwith this mill that inspired an innovative idea that led to the creation of our malt whisky Oak Cross. At COMPASS BOX, we love the soft, sweet, vanilla-tinged character that aging our whiskies in American oak casks provides. However, our discoveries of the complex characters that aging with the best quality, new French oak provides have captivated us for several years now. Type: Malt Scotch Whisky (Vatted Malt) Lead Distilleries: Made entirely of Highland single malt whiskies led by Teaninich and balanced with malts from other distilleries from the villages of Brora (for fruitiness) and Carron (for weight). All the whiskies are aged approximately 10 years-old. Wood: All the whiskies are aged for their primary maturation in a mix of American oak cask types. The marrying casks are a mix of first-fill Bourbon barrels and our proprietary "Oak Cross" casks made of American and new French oaks.. Tasting Notes: A soft palate, with flavour notes of clove and vanilla, accenting a sweet maltiness and subtle fruit character. Its medium weight, with a long finish echoing hints of vanilla and clove. Bottling Details: Bottled at 43. Not chill filtered. Natural colour. Guard filtered through a six-micron filter. " - John Glaser
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Compass Box was launched in 2000 by the American John Glaser, who was previously International Marketing Director at Johnnie Walker. To promote his whisky, John travelled through London visiting pubs and bars with samples and, in idiosyncratic style, handing out business cards billing himself as "John Glaser – Whisky Zealot".
Compass Box's modus operandi and strong work ethic is what sets them apart as an independent bottler and blender like no other. Compass Box buy individual casks and focus on creating a craftsman-like boutique product. None of their bottlings are chill-filtered, nor is any colouring added and are all married exclusively in American oak. This brings the characteristic sweetness to the whisky.
One of their unique expressions and a superb example of their methodology is Compass Box Hedonism. This is a marriage of between eight and fifteen different grain whiskies, most of which are over twenty years old and all are aged in first-fill American oak. Hedonism went on to be heralded as the World's Best Grain Whisky at the 2008 World Whisky Awards. John Glaser was himself featured four times in Whisky Magazine as Innovator of the Year