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Compass Box Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch whisky

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Regular Price: $178.00

Special Price $169.10

Quick Overview

Bottling of Hedonism is made from a combination of eight to 15 casks of grain whisky from distilleries such as Cameron Bridge, one of the oldest continuously operating distilleries in Scotland, and Cambus. Most whisky in Hedonism has been aged in first-fill American oak casks. This ageing yields a very special whisky that is full and round with richly textured flavors of vanilla and toffee.

Hedonism is unique and award-winning blended grain Scotch whisky. They produce it once or twice per year, depending on ability to source the quality of casks they require. Rare and old, it’s something special for both the collector and the new whisky enthusiast.

Rare, Old Scotch Grain Whisky

Hedonism is unusual in the Scotch whisky world: a blended grain Scotch whisky. It is very rare to see 100% grain whisky bottling, in Scotland. Going back 100 years, grain whisky brands were more common, but they were overtaken in popularity by the big brands of blended Scotch, which comprised both grain whisky and malt whisky. Today, most Scotch grain whisky gets blended into the big brand names, typically at young ages. For Hedonism, we search for old casks of Scotch grain whisky. And we only produce Hedonism once a year, when we find casks with the right flavor profile.

Rich, Sweet, Alluring

When good Scotch grain whisky is aged in good quality American oak casks, the results can be stunning: a rich, sweet, alluring whisky, redolent of Vanilla, pastry cream and coconut you’ll find all these things in our Hedonism bottling we believe that great Scotch grain whisky is the little-known Treasure of the Scotch whisky industry.

Compass Box Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch whisky

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The Signature Range from Compass Box

Hedonism is part of the Signature Range from Compass Box. The five Scotch whiskies in this range cover the entire spectrum of Scotch whisky styles, from the delicate, sweet character of Asyla, to the subtle vanilla, clove and fruity characteristics of Oak Cross, the rich and spice notes of The Spice Tree, the peaty smoky character of The Peat Monster and the elegant flavors of vanilla cream, toffee and coconut in Hedonism. Each is made from the highest quality casks, to create more complexity. The whiskies are combined according to each recipe and returned to casks for marrying up to 24 months before bottling. Steps like these enhance complexity, flavor integration and soft mouth feel. Extra steps, but we think they’re worth it.

Nose: From that first, delectable, introduction Hedonism is all ripe fruit, fraises des bois and sponge cake. Some red pepper provides an interesting point to mull.
Palate: Very sensual, disarmingly sleek and creamy. Black cherry and sweet spices, some cereal notes.
Flavor Descriptors: Elegant flavors of vanilla cream, toffee, coconut
Finish: Very warm and spiced, toasty, some oak and milk chocolate.
Wood: 100% first-fill American oak barrels or rejuvenated American oak Hogsheads
Distillery Sourcing: Will vary according to batch but typically whiskies from the following distilleries Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas or Dumbarton
With Water: A splash of water brings an almost gin-like flush of herbs and green grass notes to the nose, without thinning the body too much. It loses some of its sweetness on the tongue, though, and appears to have less depth. suggest trying a few drops of water in your last sip, but not the whole glass.
Overall:                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don’t know if I’d call it hedonistic, but this is a prime example of what can be done with skillful blending and excellent grain whiskies. The nose is light and sweet, the flavor is packed with bakery sweets and spices, and the finish is crisp, elegant, and flawless. It reminds me of the company’s newer product, Great King Street “Artist’s Blend”, but amped up and streamlined. It’s a pricey bottle, but buying a John Glaser blend is somewhat like buying a fine painting – sure, you could get a cheaper print to hang on your wall, but you’d get more enjoyment out of something made by a master.
Bottling Details: 43% ABV not chill filtered. Natural color
Recommendations:  As an aperitif, serve with a small amount of chilled water. Late in the evening, serve neat. Also makes a great whisky sour.

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