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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

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

April 2007, Issue 63, page 62

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

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

August 2002, Issue 25, page 34

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

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

December 2007, Issue 68, page 16

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

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

Join the Debate
email the team editorial@whiskymag.com

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

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

New World Order
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 2013, Issue 110, page 6

Nothing wrong with being a cheeky Monkey
Perhaps it's because of what we British call the ‘silly season', but over the summer months I seem to get a larger than normal number of calls from national journalists wanting to write about whisky...

July 2005, Issue 49, page 5

On the up
Is grain whisky on the verge of an exciting new era? Ian Wisniewski finds out.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 28

Out of the shadows
Grain whisky is stepping into the spotlight after years of being undervalued. Ian Wisniewski finds out more

November 2006, Issue 60, page 56

Provenance and perception
Our man looks at the strength and allure of brands

June 2014, Issue 120, page 58

Raising the bar (Gordon & McPhail)
Gordon & McPhail is something of a ‘one stop shop'f or whisky enthusiasts. As it celebrates 10 years as a distillery owner our man looks at why it continues to surprise and delight

March 2007, Issue 62, page 50

Rising stars
The search is nearly over for the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the final round of the regional voting our focus turns to the ‘rest of the world'.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 6

Russians seek out a taste of luxury
A new elite in Russia is demanding the world's very best products, quality single malt among them. Marcin Miller reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 38

Spicing up the industry
Compass Box's new product is a cracker. But will it upset the traditionalists?

October 2005, Issue 51, page 12

Stamp of authority
Tax stamps are being introduced for bottles of British spirits. In this issue we ask a panel whether they think they are a good idea

June 2006, Issue 56, page 16

Sweet fruits of labour
Martine Nouet finds good use for the harvests of summer, combined with whisky

July 2003, Issue 32, page 40

Taking it Outside (BBQ)
Whisky chef Martine Nouet prepares, and hopes, for some decent summer weather

June 2012, Issue 104, page 56

That was the year that was
This month's round table looks back at the past year and looks forward to the year ahead

November 2004, Issue 44, page 20

The Appliance of Science
Neil Ridley meets the men behind two revolutionary establishments and gets a science lesson in the process

June 2011, Issue 96, page 52

The art of science
Our man tackles the age old question about blending, and looks at other traditions

October 2013, Issue 115, page 26

Whiskies (14)

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.

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.

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

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