Compass Box Premium Scotches

Friday, April 15, 2011 Review by judywrites

I recently received a newsletter from The Cellars, Wine & Spirits (one of our local liquor stores). They host Scotch tastings on a fairly regular basis. This particular issue talked about a local boy making good – not only a business success, but makes a great scotch… Compass Box.

John Glaser, a Wayzata, MN native, formed the Compass Box Whisky Company in 2000. He was with Johnnie Walker prior to going out on his own and was in charge of new product development. He started out experimenting in his kitchen. He blended aged whisky stocks, tested wood types and barrels to see what he could achieve. And achieve he did – Glaser has been honored as an “Innovator of the Year” four times by Whisky Magazine. His Compass Box Scotches have earned over 60 international awards and that appears to be just a hint of things to come.

Compass Box offers Asyla, an easy to drink scotch with oak and vanilla cream tones. There are between 10 and 12  year old whiskies are used in the blend.

Oak Cross will bring to mind a “highland type” scotch. It uses Bourbon American Oak barrels with French oak heads. The result is a tree fruit flavor with a hint of light smoke and sea spray.

The Peat Monster will remind you of a campfire made with apple wood. It will quickly become a favorite of the Lagavulin and Laphroaig lovers.

Spice Tree is the Best New Scotch Brand winner – 2011 Jim Murray Scotch Bible

Hedonism – just love that name! It is a 100% grain whisky and the result is a rich Scotch with hints of vanilla, toffee and coconut. The whiskies used in the blend are aged from 12 to 23 years and come from premium distilleries.

Take a minute and check out the Compass Box website – really classy.


Slainte Mhath!




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