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Compass Box

63 Defoe Avenue , Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DS, England
Tel: +44 20 8995 0899
Fax: +44 20 8876 1192

Articles (50)

A cure for hiccups
Robin Laing takes a gentle stroll with his friend through Speyside

November 2004, Issue 44, page 34

A Good Bassy Tone
Ian Buxton meets the team behind Tuthilltown Spirits, a craft distillery on the rise

February 2013, Issue 109, page 30

A great vintage
The fourth Whisky Live Paris saw an incredible gathering of rare and exciting drams,we find out more

November 2007, Issue 67, page 10

A stupid move
Plans to ban drinking from a glass in pubs and clubs in Scotland are wrong,says Dominic Roskrow

April 2006, Issue 55, page 5

A thoroughly Scottish night in
Neil Ridley donned his tweeds, applied the moustache wax and packed the picnic blanket for a splendid night in...

January 2010, Issue 85, page 20

A-Z of the world's best blends
Ailsa Craig Company: A Dewar Rattray Age: none ABV: 40% Territories: NA Description: smoky but has a unique and unusual taste created by the harsh grain and the oily and interesting malt content The...

October 2004, Issue 43, page 24

An Agreeable Interlude
Canapés and whisky

March 2015, Issue 126, page 60

Ask The Expert
Send your questions to or by post to: Q&A, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

December 2015, Issue 132, page 82

Awards Special
It's that time of year again

March 2016, Issue 134, page 3

Barrels of innovation
Ian Wisniewski looks at how companies are pushing the boundaries with casks

April 2007, Issue 63, page 62

Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 2
Neil Ridley, current champion, takes on the new challenger George Keeble

March 2016, Issue 134, page 22

Blackadder ploughs on
In the latest of our series celebrating some of whisky's lesser known personalities,Dominic Roskrow talks to Robin Tucek,owner of independent whisky company Blackadder.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 33

Bold Experiments
Ian Buxtonlooks at the rise of whisky liqueurs and infusions

October 2012, Issue 107, page 22

Bonfire Night Snacks
Remember, remember 5 November

October 2016, Issue 139, page 60

Bookcase Focus
Recently published whisky related books

October 2016, Issue 139, page 77

Box clever (John Glaser)
Dave Broom talks to John Glaser, the man exploring the boundaries of whisky

August 2002, Issue 25, page 34

Brave Brewed World
The Battle of the Blends No. 2 Round Three

September 2016, Issue 138, page 30

Class Acts
The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first of three voting heats, we reveal the winners of the Scottish round.

September 2011, Issue 98, page 6

Cocktails From Around the World
New York – ‘The Big Apple'

March 2016, Issue 134, page 56

Cork uncorked
Whisky writer John Lamond delves into the issue of corks.

December 2007, Issue 68, page 16

Depends on the blend
Blended whisky is most often considered a poor relation to single malts.

October 2004, Issue 43, page 21

Don't go against the grain
Despite views to the contrary,grain whisky can be pretty sensational - and great value for money.

March 2006, Issue 54, page 50

Drinking in the Big Smoke
We look at some excellent whisky bars in the English capital, but also at what is happening elsewhere in the country, a distilling revolution is beginning to bear fruit

February 2012, Issue 101, page 44

Edinburgh's Whisky Fringe
John Morton recounts his experience on the Royal Mile.

November 2002, Issue 27, page 14

Enduring Icons
With the search for the Global Icons of Whisky nearing its end, we turn our attention to the rest of the world; this includes producing nations such as Ireland, Japan, Canada and India

March 2012, Issue 102, page 6

Evolution in North America
We review the three recent shows from Fort Lauderdale, Toronto and Los Angeles

December 2010, Issue 92, page 10

Expanding the niche
The art of creating something a little different

February 2014, Issue 117, page 40

Flava Dave
Dave muses on Dewar's move into the flavoured categor

April 2013, Issue 111, page 11

French Delights
Gavin D. Smith chats with John Glaser about the influence of French oak

April 2012, Issue 103, page 20

Grain Whisky and its Ageing Process
How the flavour profile develops

June 2016, Issue 136, page 41

Graining Momentum
Because blended grains make finer whisky

July 2015, Issue 129, page 42

If you can't say anything nice...
Mark is a U.S contributing editor for Whisky Magazine

April 2013, Issue 111, page 14

Independently minded
Being independent certainly has its advantages but what opportunities and challenges do Independent bottlers currently face? Ian Wisniewski finds out.

July 2009, Issue 81, page 28

Industry 'Oscars' honour the heroes of whisky
The Icons of Whisky recognise the people and companies that have made the biggest contribution to the world of whisky. Dominic Roskrow explains how the winners were chosen

March 2005, Issue 46, page 26

Inspiring Icons
In the second round of voting our focus is on America. The search is on to find the iconic people and places of whisky

October 2012, Issue 107, page 6

It's All in the Mix
The Compass Box Blending School

October 2014, Issue 123, page 44

Join the Debate
email the team

January 2011, Issue 93, page 70

Journey's end
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman discovers an oasis of whisky at the end of the line.

February 2009, Issue 78, page 36

Last Orders for 2015
The end of the line for four great whiskies

December 2015, Issue 132, page 79

Lets go Fruity
Whisky chef Martine Nouet embraces Harvest Time.

September 2011, Issue 98, page 52

Limburg Whisky Fair 2005
In just three years, the Whisky Fair at Limburg in Germany has established a good reputation and continues to attract excellent visitor numbers.

March 2005, Issue 46, page 15

Liqueurs challenge the old order
Not all liqueurs are over sweet and unpalatable. And some should even justify a place in your drinking repertoire. Ian Buxton reports

April 2005, Issue 47, page 48

Live and kicking
Marcin Miller evaluates the inaugural Whisky Magazine Live and comes to the conclusion that if you missed it, you missed out

July 2001, Issue 17, page 28

Looking to the future
In this issue we look at how other spirits have far more flexibility to experiment and are therefore able to reinvent themselves to appeal to new drinkers,and ask is this damaging the future of whisky...

August 2006, Issue 58, page 16

Magic in the mix
Why is it that the reverence for single malts can turn into disappointment, or disdain,when single malts are mixed together? Is this based on knowing what blending can achieve,or just unenlightened pr...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 72

Mark of distinction
The Harris Whisky Company is the latest company to bring quality whisky to the English market. Dominic Roskrow reports

July 2006, Issue 57, page 59

Maturing Nicely
Neil Ridleyis a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine and a number of publications including Imbibe, The Malt Whisky Yearbook, The Evening Standard and Aston Martin Magazine. He also sits on the pane...

April 2012, Issue 103, page 13

Mix it up and start again
Why don't whiskies from different nations ever get belnded togeterh? Or do they? Gavin Smith found out

December 2003, Issue 36, page 32

Mixing it!
Does the art of blending vary with the size of the operation? Richard Jones talks to John Glaser of Compass Box and John Ramsay of The Famous Grouse

July 2005, Issue 49, page 30

Naughty but nice
Impossible to do whisky justice when it's in a cocktail? That's rubbish, as our recent Whisky Cocktail Challenge showed

June 2004, Issue 40, page 42

Whiskies (16)

Coconut Cream Speyside 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Light, but a good aperitif. Have it with ice.

Compass Box Asyla
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A refreshing dram. Straightforward, clean. No complexity but it does not boast sophistication. Simplicity and natural are also great qualities.

Compass Box Asyla
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Plenty of attack, but straightforward rather than complex. Suggested as a base for cocktails. I'll work on that...

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Compass Box Eleuthera
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Hold your glass to your ear and listen to water lapping against the tarred boat hull.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Compass Box Flaming Heart
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90%
8 Worth a try but not the most subtle or refined of the range.

Compass Box Hedonism
Grain - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Remarkably flavoursome and enjoyable for a blend of grain whiskies.

World Whiskies Awards 2009 - World's Best Grain Whisky - Winner

Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Someone knows what they are doing. Who would have thought grain whisky could taste so good?

Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Compass Box knows how to stay on course. Its whiskies are well-judged and consistent.

Compass Box Hedonism Quindecimus
Blended - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A lovely, moderately aged grain whisky. This has a truly unique flavour profile which every whisky lover should try at least once.

World Whiskies Design Awards 2012 - Best Illustration - Winner Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Compass Box Oak Cross
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Perky, smooth yet firm and spicy. Clever stuff and hugely drinkable.

Compass Box Orangerie
Whisky Liqueur - Scotland - 40.00%
7 It is not a whisky, so it cannot be scored as one. In character, I would regard it as an aperitif liqueur, rather than an-after dinner drink. In a category of its own, it secures a high score.

World Whiskies Design Awards 2012 - Best Label - Winner Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Compass Box The Peat Monster
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A monster? As compared to earlier creations from the same house, but don't expect mass hysteria on Park Avenue.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Compass Box The Peat Monster
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A warm, clean and charming whisky. The Islay influence is there but gently flirting with a mainland fellow. An accomplished character.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Compass Box The Peat Monster Reserve
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90%
8 Not so much a Monster,more a Big Friendly Giant.

Compass Box Whisky Company The Lost Blend
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Bottled in the nick of time. Any longer in the cask and the oak would dominate.

Hedonism Limited Release
- Scotland - 50.10%
8 Complex and characterful.

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