Composed of less than 1% three-year-old malt whisky produced near the village of Brora, 90% malt whisky of an unstated age from the same distillery and around 9% peaty malt whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye, regulations only permit us only to share details of the age of youngest component! No matter. For it is this three-year-old that is most important to us. Aged from new-make spirit in our own first-fill American oak casks, it imparts a lively vivacity and represents a milestone in our development as whisky makers.
TRANSISTOR balances malt and grain whisky as well as the influences of different types of oak cask. The sweetness of this whisky, resulting from high proportions of First Fill American oak barrel maturation, coats the palate with hints of icing sugar and honey. This sweetness is contrasted with layers of dried figs, marmalade and toasted oak from single malts finished in French oak hybrid casks. TRANSISTOR is an amazing complement to the bitter hops of Punk IPA!
This is Not a Luxury Whisky, a 2015 release from The Compass Box Whisky Company. The inspiration for this limited release is René Magritte’s 1929 work “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”, a Surrealist painting which challenges peoples’ perceptions of reality… A release, very much about the liquid itself and asking people to consider, what is a luxury whisky?
The Lost Blend from Compass Box is comprised of 2 unpeated Highland whiskies, coming from the Clynelish and Allt-á-Bhainne distilleries, and a peated whisky from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay. It has been named in honour of a past Compass Box expression, Eleuthera, which has been lost to the ravages of time, and also shares a name with a 1907 story by O. Henry about two bartenders trying to remember and recreate a blend of spirits which possessed almost supernatural qualities. The Lost Blend received a very impressive score of 95.5 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016.
Can’t decide between a single malt and single grain? Go for The Double Single, which is made from one of each. With its chocolatey nose, vanilla-scented palate and lingering malt loaf finish, it’s sure to meet your approval.
Stranger & Stranger is a bit of a departure of blending experts Compass Box because it’s technically not a whisky.
Technically. 99% of the blend is made with Scotch whisky.
It was released in celebration of working with packaging designers Stranger & Stranger for ten years.
Inspired by Compass Box’s regular Spice Tree, Spice Tree Extravaganza takes the idea and runs with it, adding older and more sherry-cask-matured whisky to create an even richer and spicier combination with an elegant character.
Another innovative release from John Glaser and the Compass Box team. A vatting of northern Highland distilleries (principally Clynelish), the whisky is aged in unique barrels with heavily toasted heads, adding a rich spiciness – great sipped neat or used as the base for a whisky cocktail.
The newest addition to the Compass Box core range, this is a blend of Highland and Speyside whiskies, significant portions of which have been aged in sherry casks and – most notably – Spanish red wine casks. Predictably, this is a delectable dram full of dark fruit and berry flavours with a heavy dose of rich, woody spice.
Leap into the unknown with this limited-edition blended malt, inspired by phenomenology – ‘the study of consciousness and the objects of direct experience’. To encourage people to experience this whisky without preconceptions Compass Box have not released any tasting notes, or even listed which single malts make up this blend. All we know is that they were selected due to their distinct and different flavour profiles, something that promises a complex and surprising whisky.