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A Compass Box Guided Tour by John Glaser Our Philosophy & Approach, Our House Style, Our Whiskies Limburg 23 April 2005
Five years ago, John Glaser left his job as a Johnnie Walker Marketing Director to follow his passion for Scotch whisky. From his kitchen, he started Compass Box, a boutique whisky blending company. Today, Compass Box is sold in 15 countries and is considered one of the industry’s leading innovators. The Story
What is Compass Box?
Compass Box is a Small, Independent Scotch Whisky Bottler...
…a Boutique Whisky Blender.
What Do We Do?
We make a range of original Scotch whiskies…
…as well as some true innovations… Compass Box “Orangerie” Scotch Whisky Infusion.
…from casks we hand-select from some of Scotland’s best distilleries. Collecting casks at a distillery.
Martyn and John evaluating cask samples for use in future Compass Box whiskies.
Our London Office. Please come pay us a visit!
Our blending workshop in London.
The Compass Box Approach is Different: 1.Distinctive House Style 2.Modern Blending Philosophy 3.Hand-selected Casks 4.Better Wood & Only Ex-Bourbon 5.Not Chill Filtered, Natural Colour
1. Distinctive House Style Richness, Sweetness, Softness on the palate (Taste Asyla)
Asyla 40% Style: Soft, sweet, delicate Blended Malt & Grain Scotch Whisky Light, sweet, apertif style whisky Appropriate for “house whisky” for the best bars All whiskies years old Numerous awards including Gold Medal for Best Blend from International Wine & Spirit Competition Cameron Bridge & Cambus years old (grain whisky) (Soft, sweet, vanilla) Composition Linkwood (Malt whisky distilled in village of Longmorn) Auchroisk (Malt whisky distilled in village of Ballindalloch) (perfumed, malty, delicate) (fruity) (malty) (perfumed)
2. Modern Blending Philosophy “A Lead Character” instead of “a little of everything” (Taste Eleuthera)
Eleuthera 46% Style: Smoky and rich Vatted Malt Smoky and rich All whiskies years old Winner of numerous awards including Double Gold Medal for Best Malt Whisky at San Francisco World Spirits Competition (Malt whisky distilled in village of Port Askaig) (smoky and peaty) Composition (Malt whisky distilled in village of Brora) re-charred casks (Malt whisky distilled in village of Brora) refill casks Other malt as required Glenlossie recharred casks (malty, rich, sweet) (malty, fruity-herbal) (sweet, malty, perfumed)
3. Hand Selected Casks Martyn and I nose & taste over 1,000 cask samples per year. (Taste Hedonism)
Hedonism 43% Style: Rich, sweet, soft 100% Scotch Grain Whisky A rare style of Scotch whisky Full, rich, sweet whisky with vanilla and toffee flavours All whiskies years old (half the whiskies are 23 years-old) Winner of numerous awards including Best New Release of the Year from Whisky Magazine Cameron Bridge & Cambus 12 –15 years old (grain whisky) (Soft, sweet, vanilla, red fruits) Composition Cameron Bridge & Cambus 23 year-old (grain whisky) (complexity: toffee, cocoa, coconut; oily texture)
4. Better Wood & Only Ex-Bourbon Predominantly First- Fill Casks Only Ex-Bourbon (no ex-sherry) (Taste Juveniles )
Juveniles 44% Style: malty, fruity, rich Vatted Malt All whiskies aged in first-fill bourbon barrels Rich, malty, fruity; aromas and flavours unfold in glass All whiskies years old Rated 95 points by Jim Murray in WHISKY BIBLE (Malt whisky distilled in village of Longmorn) first-fill bourbon (fruity, herbal, sweet) Composition (Malt whisky distilled in village of Brora) first fill bourbon (Malt whisky distilled in village of Muir of Ord) first fill bourbon (malty, fruity, sweet) (malty, faint hint of smoke)
Better Wood & Only Ex-Bourbon Richness, Sweetness, Softness on the palate (Taste Asyla)
The 3 Effects of the Cask Additive Adds organoleptically desirable elements from the cask Eg, vanillin, oak lactone (coconut, bourbon character), toastiness; wood sugars add body, sweetness Subtractive Removes undesirable elements from new make spirit Eg, sulphur compounds, immaturity Interactive Adds extractive wood elements from the cask and converts them to organoleptically desirable elements Eg, tannins to acetals; acetic acid to fruity esthers
First Fill American Hogsheads Within about 3 years, charred surface removes compounds responsible for immature odours With this spirit, cask superimposes sweet, coconut, perfumed fragrance to existing distillery characteristics
Refill Spanish Oak Butts Spanish oak casks give 3 times the quantity of aromatic wood-derived compounds to the spirit as American oak In addition, there is likely to be some residual sherry wine effect The wood compounds also cause other reactions which create sweet, fruity compounds Spirit matured in Spanish casks tends to become heavier, fruitier and more full-bodied Spanish casks are not charred when made; thus removal of immaturities takes longer
Rejuvenated American Hogsheads Refill casks can be rejuvenated to make them active at removing immaturity while adding sweetness & fruitiness Can remove sulphuriness in 3 years that normally takes 7 Rejuvenation breaks down wood to give vanilla sweetness Other compounds are generated causing reactions giving extra fruitiness However, the bourbon/coconut/mature sweetness in first fills cannot be regenerated
5. Natural Colour & Not Chill Filtered Because whisky is a natural product… Because whisky is about flavour… (Taste Peat Monster)
The Peat Monster 46% Peaty, smoky, rich Vatted Malt Very smoky & peaty, balanced by richness All whiskies years old “Superb” Rating, Paul Pacult Spirit Journal Winner of Gold Medal at 2004 International Wine & Spirits Competition (Malt whisky distilled in village of Port Askaig) (Peaty, smoky) Composition Ardmore Other malts as required (rich,malty, smoky
The Compass Box Approach 1.Distinctive House Style 2.Modern Blending Philosophy 3.Hand-selected Casks 4.Better Wood & Only Ex-Bourbon 5.Not Chill Filtered, Natural Colour
It All Adds Up to…
…Whiskies for Drinking… …Glass after Glass
Continuous Still for Grain Whisky Pot Still for Malt Whisky