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Issue 140 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 140

A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies

 

Compass Box

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 Enlightenment
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An exceptionally well-crafted vatted malt with a lovely balance of maturity and youth.

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 Flaming Heart
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90%
8 As a whisky it's very enjoyable; however as a blend I feel the peated component is too dominant.

Compass Box Flaming Heart 10th Anniversary
Blended - Scotland - 48.90%
7 Well put together, with a nice display of spice and peat.

Compass Box Great King Street
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Exemplary blending. Try with soda or on rocks.

Compass Box Great King Street
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
A newcomer immediately holding its own. Has more succulent, yet soft weight than most in its style.

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Compass Box The Circus
Blended - Scotland - 49.00%
8 A heavily sherried, high malt content blend with some maturity.

Compass Box The Entertainer
Blended - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Despite its almost saccharine sweetness, it's hard not to enjoy this as a belting peaty dram. Just remember to brush your teeth after each glass.

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Compass Box This Is Not A Luxury Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 53.10%
9 Simply stunning! A little more sweetness in the finish might have been nice.

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.

World Whiskies Design Awards 2012
Winners of the inaugural World Whiskies Design Awards were announced at the Waldorf Hilton on 22nd March. Highland Park 50 Years Old won the Best Design award and Stranger & Stranger took home the Bes...

April 2012, Issue 103, page 8

Ridley Takes the Reins
Does the whisky industry have a problem with transparency?

December 2015, Issue 132, page 13

Whisky Alchemy
Our man meets the brains behind one of the most innovative whisky companies out there.

October 2009, Issue 83, page 24

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

November 2002, Issue 27, page 14

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

December 2015, Issue 132, page 79

World's Best Grain Whisky
Compass Box Hedonism

April 2008, Issue 71, page 18

The finished article?
Ed Bates is a freelance whisky writer, taster and industry commentator. He has worked for various spirit companie including independent bottlers Berry Bros & Rudd

December 2010, Issue 92, page 13

The name game
A spate of whiskies with strange names suggest whisky is moving forward in marketing terms. Is this a good thing? We asked a select panel of experts

July 2005, Issue 49, page 18

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

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

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

April 2012, Issue 103, page 20

The Boutique Whisky Maker
John Glaser has been pushing the whisky envelope at Compass Box for more than 10 years. But as Dominic Roskrow found out, he belives we 'ain't seen nothing' yet

April 2011, Issue 95, page 17

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

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

June 2014, Issue 120, page 58

Expanding the niche
The art of creating something a little different

February 2014, Issue 117, page 40

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

October 2014, Issue 123, page 44

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

November 2004, Issue 44, page 34

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

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

March 2016, Issue 134, page 56

Whisky Live Auckland
New Zealand is the latest country to embrace Whisky Live and it did so with style. Dominic Roskrow went down under.

April 2008, Issue 71, page 10

Turnbull Hutton: 19 June 1946 – 5 April 2015
Sorely missed but never forgotten

July 2015, Issue 129, page 57

Join the Debate
email the team editorial@whiskymag.com

January 2011, Issue 93, page 70

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

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

Lets go Fruity
Whisky chef Martine Nouet embraces Harvest Time.

September 2011, Issue 98, page 52

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

October 2012, Issue 107, page 22

The Magnificent 7
Contributing Editor Neil Ridley looks back on some of the very best blended whiskies he has experienced

September 2015, Issue 130, page 29

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

April 2007, Issue 63, page 62

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

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

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

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

August 2002, Issue 25, page 34

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

The state of independents
How good are the independent bottling companies? We decided to find out in our biggest ever tasting – more than 175 entrants in 24 categories,judged by nine judges over seven weeks. Dominic Roskrow ...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 16

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

Bookcase Focus
Recently published whisky related books

October 2016, Issue 139, page 77

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

April 2013, Issue 111, page 11

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

October 2005, Issue 51, page 12

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

Syncopated Harmony
A look at foods that employ the skill of blending and pairing them with blended whisky

September 2015, Issue 130, page 60

Awards Special
It's that time of year again

March 2016, Issue 134, page 3

The Road to Bangalore
Bagpipes and haggis...where else but India

October 2014, Issue 123, page 3

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

March 2016, Issue 134, page 22

The Gathering
As Jim Morrison nearly put it in the film Wayne's World, if you book them they will come. So that's what a group of whisky nuts in The Netherlands have done. Dominic Roskrow reports...

April 2009, Issue 79, page 46

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

April 2013, Issue 111, page 14

Now Hear This
It's all about the radio

October 2016, Issue 139, page 3

The New Road
Fond memories of my trip to Orkney

July 2016, Issue 137, page 3

Summer Approaches
It's all about the bike

June 2016, Issue 136, page 3

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

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

December 2010, Issue 92, page 10

Compass Box Asyla
The Whisky Exchange
£35.95
Compass Box Asyla
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£34.50
Compass Box Asyla
Abbey Whisky
£30.40
Compass Box Asyla
Master of Malt
£31.58
Compass Box Double Single 10th Anniversary
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£110.00
Compass Box Enlightenment
Abbey Whisky
£50.00
Compass Box Enlightenment 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£6.07
Compass Box Flaming Heart
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£77.00
Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary
Master of Malt
£99.74
Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary
Abbey Whisky
£91.58
Compass Box Flaming Heart 2015 Edition
The Whisky Exchange
£99.95
Compass Box Great King Street
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£27.95
Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend
The Whisky Exchange
£34.95
Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend
Abbey Whisky
£21.46
Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend 50cl
Master of Malt
£25.10
Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend 70cl
Master of Malt
£34.10
Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend Half Litre
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£27.95
Compass Box Great King Street Experimental Batch #tr 06 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£4.93
Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend
Abbey Whisky
£24.33
Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend
Master of Malt
£34.66
Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend
The Whisky Exchange
£27.95
Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£4.87
Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend 50cl
Master of Malt
£27.83
Compass Box Hedonism
Abbey Whisky
£51.58
Compass Box Hedonism
Master of Malt
£59.95
Compass Box Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch Whisky
The Whisky Exchange
£60.95
Compass Box Miniature Gift Pack
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£38.99
Compass Box Miniature Gift Pack
The Whisky Exchange
£44.95
Compass Box Miniature Sample Gift Pack
Abbey Whisky
£38.00
Compass Box Oak Cross
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£36.55
Compass Box Oak Cross
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£33.50
Compass Box Oak Cross
Abbey Whisky
£33.00
Compass Box Oak Cross
Master of Malt
£39.83
Compass Box Oak Cross 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£4.92
Compass Box Oak Cross Highland
The Whisky Exchange
£39.95
Compass Box Orangerie
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£37.50
Compass Box Orangerie Whisky Infusion
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£38.95
Compass Box Spice Tree
Master of Malt
£43.84
Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza
The Whisky Exchange
£91.95
Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza
Master of Malt
£91.95
Compass Box The Last Vatted Malt
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£175.00
Compass Box The Lost Blend
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£78.50
Compass Box The Lost Blend
The Whisky Exchange
£78.95
Compass Box The Lost Blend
Master of Malt
£77.50
Compass Box The Peat Monster
The Whisky Exchange
£39.95
Compass Box The Peat Monster
Abbey Whisky
£36.00
Compass Box The Peat Monster 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£5.12
Compass Box The Spice Tree Highland
The Whisky Exchange
£43.95
Compass Box This Is Not A Luxury Whisky 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£12.26
Compass Box Three year Old Deluxe
The Whisky Exchange
£185.00
Compass Box Whisky De Table La Maison Du Whisky 60th Anniversary
Master of Malt
£38.17
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