Menagerie Compass Box 70cl 46°
Discover the wild side of Scotch Whisky with the new limited edition Menagerie of Compass Box, assembled by John Glaser.
The animals represented on the label of the bottle represent the five distilleries that go into the composition of Blended Whisky:
- the ibex represents the power and grace of the Mortlach distillery,
- the woodpecker refers to the woody notes full of energy and gluttony of a blend of Highland Malts aged in French oak barrels,
- the large exotic bird symbolizes tropical fruits and leathery notes of the expression of the Glen Elgin distillery aged in Sherry, Bourbon and Hogshead barrels,
- the turtle pays homage to the monstrously earthy character of Laphroaig aged in Hogshead casks,
- the wild boar represents the animal and herbaceous notes of the expression of the Deanston distillery aged in Sherry butt and Hogshead casks.
|Distillery||The Peat Monster|
|Maturation||Sherry et Hogsheads|
“Anyone can bottle a Single Cask; the real skill in Scotch whisky is demonstrated by the blender.” This quote from John Glaser, founder of the Compass Box Company, sums up perfectly the current context.
In the last few years, the trend has been focusing on Single casks. Running against the stream, John Glaser’s approach may be seen as a bet, or madness. But some would say this is well thought, prepared and resulting from a long experience.
Before discovering the whisky world in 1994, John Glaser first worked for the wine industry. Six years in the Diageo group, global leader in spirits, developed a passion for whisky and a new conception of blending. In 2000, John Glaser took off to give it a go. The first blend he made was in the kitchen. Later, he settled in the basement of a hair salon at the heart of London. He moved his small laboratory in a spacious loft, in Chiswick Studios, still in downtown London.
A world apart from modern processes, John Glaser created a whirlwind in the traditional methods of blending with his craft approach, not aimed at creating a product meeting marketing criteria. The only parameter taken into account by John Glaser is pleasure, and maybe his own above all. Everything is done by the nose; no electronics enters the elaboration process. However, nothing is left to chance.
To create richness and balance is the only aim of John Glaser. To reach that goal, he selects only the best Single Malts and Single Grains, but goes way further than a commercial agent, as he blends and creates new whiskies and new emotions. Each whisky proportions are blended according to the required style and prevailing aromas.