For such a small range the Compass Box whiskies represent a remarkable cross section of the whisky spectrum; flavours often lying within the remotest and sensuously psychedelic corners of the whisky charts. This one is a rare grain whiskey and it is both education and inspiration in a bottle. It shows you the power of grain whiskies and the brilliance and the versatility of the Compass Box range. You never forget the time you first delve into the Compass Box universe. These are whiskies you must have in your selection. Asyla is my next favourite, or is it Orangerie, or Peat Monster, damn I just don't know.
Anyway we will start our Compass Box entries with Hedonism because it offers something truly unique. By the time i finish the list of my favourite 20-30 whiskies I imagine a few will be Compass Box entries.
I was fortunate enough to meet John Glaser the founder while working at Albannach in London. He is a real innovator and his tastings are really entertaining and full of facts. John really is, in essence, a master mixologist of whiskies. He is well known for speaking his mind and challenging the norms and traditions that had held whisky back for years as the other spirit categories increased their market share.