Compass Box / Hedonism The Muse.
CATEGORY: Blended Grain.
BOTTLER: Compass Box (CB).
BOTTLING SERIE: Limited Edition.
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 3060
STRENGTH: 53.3 % Vol.
SIZE: 700 ml.
Expected release date is 10th Apr 2018
The original Hedonism – Their first ever bottling – explored a brave new world of flavour previously uncharted in the world of Scotch. The world’s first Blended Grain Scotch Whisky, it was a whisky so unique that it created its own category.
Hedonism will always mean something extra to us and in the years following the original release in 2000, Compass Box have returned to the Hedonism concept on three further occasions – Hedonism Maximus, Hedonism 10th Anniversary and Hedonism Quindecimus.
They recently stumbled upon a single cask of exceptional aged grain whisky in the style of Hedonism and they knew it was time to revisit the concept for a 5th time.
Sometimes, the character of a single cask of whisky will stir our minds and inspire us to complement it to create something even more compelling. That is the case with this limited edition Hedonism whisky. We call it The Muse.
The name refers to the exceptional cask we discovered — a vatting of very old grain whiskies from different distilleries, combined many years ago and left to age together in American oak. The sellers of this cask did not know the provenance of the distilleries, but that didn’t matter to us. Its taste was remarkable, with great depth, and very much in the spectrum of flavours — honey, vanilla, pastry cream — of a Hedonism whisky.
The Muse is also a nod to the woman portrayed at the centre of our Hedonism labels – the first woman, as far as we know, ever to feature on a Scotch whisky label and the image we featured on our first-ever bottling.
Women make up the majority of our team here at Compass Box, which is unusual in our industry. This diversity of perspective makes us, I believe, a better business.
John Glaser, Whiskymaker.
TASTING NOTES: Aromas and flavours reminiscent of vanilla, marzipan and honey. Full on the palate, round and with a very sweet impression. Very long finish that echoes the vanilla and marzipan.
Bunnahabhain / 9 Year Old Cask Strength.
CATEGORY: Single Malt.
BOTTLER: Gordon & MacPhail (GM).
BOTTLING SERIE: Cask Strength.
CALCULATED AGE: 08 years old.
CASK TYPE: 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead.
STRENGTH: 57.3 % Vol.
SIZE: 700 ml
NOSE WITHOUT WATER: Rich stewed fruit aromas are followed by toffee and cinnamon notes. Hints of chocolate develop and lead to zesty clementine.
PALATE WITHOUT WATER: Creamy initially with hints of pepper. Chocolate truffle, raspberry, and baked apple flavours are enhanced by fresh orange undertones. Charred oak and subtle aniseed on the finish.
NOSE WITH WATER: Rich vanilla aromas with hints of buttered shortbread, stewed apple, and raisin. Delicate hints of spice and citrus combine with fudge notes.
PALATE WITH WATER: Peppery with dark chocolate and cooked red berries complemented by nutmeg and orange peel flavours. Body Medium. Finish Long and spicy.