Back in 2000, John Glaser believed there were too many companies making and selling Scotch whisky the same way. An American, transplanted to the UK and working for a large distiller, he wanted to do things differently to bring the joys of Scotch whisky to more people.
So, he set up a different kind of Scotch whisky company, based on the long-lost model of the Scotch whisky blending house, but with a forward-looking approach and an unrelenting desire to create quality. He originally launched the business from his kitchen, but today, over a decade later, Compass Box has an office and Blending Room in London, its own stocks of maturing whiskies in Scotland, and just over a dozen employees.
In an industry that has steadfastly remained committed to “the way we've always done things', at Compass Box they focus relentlessly on creativity, process innovations, and exploring the many ways we all can enjoy the pleasures of Scotch whisky.
With more spectrum of flavour and style than any other spirit, they believe Scotch whisky is one of the world's great drinks. They are here to help ensure it stays that way for generations to come.
Inspired by the late, great whisky makers of the past, the Great King Street whiskies draw on archive recipes from 19th Century whisky makers updated with Compass Box's own 21st Century cask maturation techniques.
Artist's Blend is a tribute to a time when blenders used an artistry, creativity and craft to make a combination of flavourful single malt whiskies and delicate single grain whiskies one of the world's most famous drinks. Made from a marriage of delicate Lowland grain and robust, complex Highland malt whiskies.
First, they start with the very highest quality single grain Scotch whiskies which are the foundation of good Blended Scotch. Sourced from a renowned Lowland distillery, all aged in first fill� American oak barrels, which makes the grain whisky much richer and sweeter on the palate. Secondly, they use a higher proportion of malt whisky than most other Blends. Artist's Blend consists of almost 50% malt whisky, far more than the approximately 30% that most blends use. This provides more character and complexity. Every cask of whisky used to make Artist's Blend is of the highest quality: first-fill American oak casks, first-fill European oak ex-Sherry butts and new heavily-toasted French oak.
Soft, full and fruity on the palate, with flavours of baked apple, vanilla, spices and toasted oak.