About Compass Box Menagerie Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
In 2000, John Glaser started the Compass Box Whisky Company in his kitchen. An American in the UK, he used to work as a marketing agent for a large distiller. Realizing everyone is making Scotch Whisky the same way, Glaser decided to bring back the old model of the Scotch Whisky blending house and began creating sums that were greater than their parts. Today, he is 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.
Following simple rules, Compass Box Whisky never compromises on quality. Sourcing only the best oak from the Vosges in France and the woods of Missouri, making your own custom casks and seeking only the best casks from the very best distilleries, Compass Box limits the number of components in their blends and never chill-filters or adds artificial color. Special attention is also paid to wood as this is where 70% of flavor comes from. Their last rule: drink good whisky in any way you like.
Their Menagerie Blended Malt Scotch Whisky brings together some the more strange, wild and beautiful Scottish creatures out there. A blend of whiskies from 4 different distilleries, there’s a chocolatey and meaty malt from the Mortlach Distillery, more citrusy and earthy Whiskies from the Deanston Distillery, Compass Box Highland Malt Blend and lastly, there’s malt whiskies from the Glen Elgin and Laphroaig distilleries that bring the musky, tropical fruit notes. Bottled at 92 proof, this is a creation born at the hands of their lead whisky maker James Saxon. Expect a gentle harmony of spiced honey, toffee and roasted peach.
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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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