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 we 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.
Compass Box's Signature Range showcases the diverse and stunning spectrum of styles that can be created within the Scotch style today. From sweet and unctuous to big and peaty, it is an exploration of Compass Box's contribution to date of pushing the category forward.
The inspiration behind 'Hedonism' is just that “ pleasure, enjoyment, a celebration of that ideal marriage between distilled spirit and high quality oak maturation. This unique and award-winning blended grain Scotch whisky is produced once or twice per year, depending on the ability to source the quality of casks Compass Box require. Rare and old, it's something special for both the collector and the new whisky enthusiast.
Each batch sources its whisky from a different distillery, but typically whiskies from the following distilleries: Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas or Dumbarton. It is then matured in 100% first-fill American oak barrels or rejuvenated American oak Hogsheads.
Aromas and flavours of vanilla, caramel, a delicate fruitiness, accented with elegant, rich flavours of vanilla, toffee, coconut and cocoa.