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Scotch Whiskymakers

Scotch Whiskymakers



This month at Robert Graham we're talking about Compass Box and the way in which they approach the world of scotch whisky. Let's start by defining what a "whiskymaker" really means to Compass Box - they invented the word so you won't find it in any dictionary!

"A Whiskymaker is someone who feels a need and an obligation to make things better - to ask questions, to challenge, to experiment. When it comes to whisky and its enjoyment, we keep our minds open to new possibilities - new production processes, new combinations of flavours, new ways of sharing and enjoying great whisky"

The Compass Box Whisky Company was created in 2000 by American entrepreneur John Glaser, a former marketing director at Johnnie Walker. It is a boutique Scotch whisky maker and blending company with a forward-looking approach and an unrelenting desire to create quality. The aforementioned "whiskymakers" are responsible for selecting distillates from a variety of existing scotch whisky distilleries with the selected whiskies then blended together and the resulting blend matured further. 

Earlier this month, Tim Pryde from Marussia Beverages, visited our Canongate store offering customers samples from their Signature Range and Blended Scotch Whisky Range which went down a treat. If you haven't had the pleasure of trying any then let these tasting notes from our resident whisky connoisseur Tom, help you to envisage how deliciously quaffable these scotch whiskies truly are... 


Great King Street, Artist's Blend (50cl, 43%)

There's gentle tropical fruits of pineapple, papaya, kiwi fruit and doses of milk chocolate with edges of good quality white chocolate like Green and Blacks White Chocolate with Vanilla.

Great King Street, Glasgow Blend (50cl, 43%)

A hint of chalky smoke wraps round a huge dose of opal fruits/starburst, fruit mentos and fresh herbs particularly parsley. Hints of Christmas spice linger with a real sherry sweetness underneath.

Orangerie (70cl, 40%)

Hand-zested peel of Navalino oranges and subtle accents of Indonesia cassia bark and Sri Lankan cloves. There is no sugar added so this is not a Liqueur, it's an Infusion, with orange and spices coming out and a warming afterglow.

The Spice Tree (70cl, 46%)

A big malt whisky of richness and spice-like complexity. Core flavours of malt and red fruit character are complimented by vanilla, toffee and hints of clove, cardamon and ginger.

The Peat Monster (70cl, 46%)

Sweet and subtle peat, not too smoky, more BBQ'd meat than full on smoke, fruity with touches of dates and apricots.

Hedonsim (70cl, 43%)

Utter bliss on the nose, dewy grass, light watery fruits like melon and nectarines with slight vanilla and a touch of light wood. On the palate, coconut milk, slightly chalky, vanilla pods, nose of the grassy notes I usually find on the palate of grains.


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