Compass Box - Hedonism Limited ReleaseGrain Scotch Whisky
Hedonism is unusual in the Scotch whisky world: a blended grain Scotch whisky.
It is very rare to see 100% grain whisky bottlings, in Scotland. Going back 100 years, grain whisky brands were more common, but they were overtaken in popularity by the big brands of blended Scotch, which comprised both grain whisky and malt whisky.
Today, most Scotch grain whisky gets blended into the big brand names, typically at young ages. For Hedonism, we search for old casks of Scotch grain whisky. And we only produce Hedonism once a year, when we find casks with the right flavour profile.
Flavour Descriptors: Elegant flavours of vanilla cream, toffee, coconut.
Recommendations: As an aperitif, serve with a small amount of chilled water. Late in the evening, serve neat. Also makes a great whisky sour.
Distillery Sourcing: Will vary according to batch but typically whiskies from the following distilleries: Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas or Dumbarton.
Wood: 100% first-fill American oak barrels or rejuvenated American oak Hogsheads.
Bottling Details: 43%. Not chill filtered. Natural colour.
John Glaser's Tasting Notes: A rich, sweet, sexy style of whisky which you'll find is aptly named! Have you ever tasted really good grain whisky from Scotland? Unless you've tried the stuff in the bottle to the left, you probably have not. Most people haven't, even many serious whisky lovers. Almost no one bottles it! I believe that great grain whiskies from well chosen casks are the undiscovered treasures of Scotland's whisky kingdom. That's why I created this whisky called Hedonism! Hedonism is our award winning blend of grain whiskies. Stylistically, this is, (in my humble opinion), a beautiful drink: supple, silky, with elegant, rich flavours of vanilla, toffee, coconut and cocoa. It's also a rare whisky in that it's composed of the most perfectly mature casks of grain whisky we can find, and also because it always contains at least some component whiskies from Cambus. Cambus was sadly shut in the early 1990s, but is beloved by blenders for its soft, sweet style. Grain whiskies have been made in Scotland going back to the early part of the 1800s. They are the elegant, almost feminine alter ego to Scotland's malt whiskies. Most people think of them as the 'filler' whiskies in the well-known, commercial blends, but this is far from the whole story. Each grain whisky distillery in Scotland makes a distinctive spirit. And the best grain whiskies--from great casks--are some of the silkiest, sweetest, most mouth-wateringly delicious whiskies in the world. Hedonism is like nothing that's been bottled before in Scotland. No one has ever made a "vatted grain" (a blend of single grain whiskies from different distilleries) that shows off how delicious Scottish grain whiskies can be! It's a rare and seriously sexy style of Scotch whisky, unlike anything else on the market.