About Compass Box Hedonism Scotch Whisky
Since its inception in 2000, Compass Box Whisky Company has been stewarded by John Glaser, one of the most progressive and innovative whisky blenders of his generation. "Like a winemaker blending grape varieties, we can create layers of complexity by blending whisky," says Glaser, who was named "Innovator of the Year" four times by Whisky Magazine
and "Pioneer of the Year" twice by Malt Advocate
. While Glaser initially began his career in the industry as a marketing agent, he quickly realized that by blending quality whiskies, he was able to create a product that was greater than the sum of its rare parts.
Compass Box Hedonism is a unique blend of grain Scotch whisky. Nearly a century ago, grain whiskies were common across Europe, but were overtaken in terms of popularity when the larger distilleries in Scotland began focusing on single malt whisky. "When good Scotch grain whisky is aged in good quality American oak casks, the results can be stunning," says Glaser.
Hedonism is a blend of grain whiskies, each of which has matured for a minimum of eight years and a maximum of fifteen years. "We only produce Hedonism once or twice per year, depending on our ability to source the quality casks we require," says Glaser. Generally, the whisky is sourced from five different distilleries, including Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas and Dumbarton. Once the whiskies are married together, they are aged for an additional two years in first-fill American oak casks or rejuvenated American oak hogshead casks. "Steps like these enhance complexity, flavor integration and soft mouthfeel," says Glaser. "Extra steps, but we think they're worth it."
Compass Box Hedonism has an aroma of ripe fruits (particularly apricots and peaches), along with touches of sponge cake and caramel. The palate is full-bodied and robust, with notes of red pepper mingled together with notes of toffee, coconuts and vanilla cream. The finish is smooth and warming, with a touch of cloves and spices that linger. The whisky was named the "World's Best Grain Whisky" twice by Whisky Magazine
"We believe that great Scotch grain whisky is the little-known treasure of the Scotch whisky industry," says Glaser.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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