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Three hugely important things right now. Vital, in fact.

For all of our 20 years at Compass Box, we’ve had incredible support from the hospitality industry. And now during these difficult times, this community really needs ours.

So we’re offering limited edition Compass Box t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags, with the funds raised going to those in need.

The proceeds will go to supporting Another Round, Another Rally and the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation in the US, and equally deserving initiatives across the rest of the world. You can also simply donate whatever you can afford. Together we can make a real difference.

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Thank you.

John & the Compass Box team

Compass Box Whisky Co.
Chiswick Studios
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United Kingdom

Distillery Focus: Tomatin at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Founded in 1897, Tomatin grew to become the largest malt whisky distillery in Scotland supplying fine malt whisky to blenders across the country. Like many others, Tomatin fell victim to the whisky crash of the early 1980’s but was rescued by Japanese investors in 1986. Tomatin’s continued success today is down to a focus on their Single Malts rather than bulk production and also their use of high quality first fill American Oak and Sherry casks, giving subtlety and finesse to the high quality spirit.

Located in the Scottish Highlands Tomatin continues to impress with its fruity, rich and intense flavours.  Alongside classic Bourbon and Sherry cask matured whiskies, you will find a range of innovative limited releases and rare, well aged bottlings from exceptional older casks.  From the 12 Year Old through to the much vaunted Warehouse Collection, Tomatin whiskies are accessible and provide superb value for money.


Hard To Find Whisky “Distillery Focus: Glenmorangie” – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie was founded in 1843 by William Matheson who converted the Morangie brewery in Tain into a distillery. The character of the whisky owes much to Glenmorangie’s distinctive long necked stills – the tallest in Scotland. Imported from a Gin distillery, these unusual stills produce a light, delicate, fruity spirit with dry, cereal undertones.The majority of the spirit is matured in American oak casks from Missouri that impart flavours of vanilla, tropical fruits, honey, crème brûlée and, in older whiskies, chocolate.

Despite being one of the biggest single malt brands in the world (and the best selling in Scotland), Glenmorangie have always had an innovative approach to cask maturation. They pioneered the practice of “finishing” whiskies, where mature whisky is transferred to ex-wine casks, such as Port, Sherry, red wine, or dessert wine, to create new layers of flavour. Alongside the core range, Glenmorangie continue to release small batches of innovative whiskies matured in unusual casks, and have even experimented with chocolate malt, local barley and natural yeast strains.


Hard To Find Whisky Distillery Focus: Highland Park – Scotch Whisky News


With its remote location as Scotland’s most northerly distillery and close association with Nordic mythology, Highland Park has built a strong, cult following with it’s whiskies. Highland Park’s signature flavour is slightly smoky, aromatic and richly fruity. Founded in 1798 in Kirkwall on the Isle of Orkney, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that Highland Park Single Malt became available.

Fast forward to today and there is a core range of age stated whiskies known the world over. Add to that a range of limited releases that celebrate the distillery’s Orcadian history and Viking roots and you have one of the most visible and well known whisky brands in the world.


New Dates for Scottish Whisky Awards 2020 – Scotch Whisky News

All Scottish Whisky Awards entry deadlines and events

scheduled to take place in April, May and June 2020 have

been postponed because of the Coronavirus.
For further information on the programme please contact:
0131 337 6232

Sullivans Cove Wins Best Australian Single Malt at World Whiskies Awards! – Tasmanian Whisky News

Sullivans Cove Named “Best Australian Single Malt”
at World Whiskies Awards

Sullivans Cove Single Malt Tasmanian Whisky has again achieved remarkable success at the World Whiskies Awards, this year claiming the title of Best Australian Single Malt for our 25th Anniversary Special Edition!

The announcement was made at the World Whiskies Awards 2020 ceremony in London last night where Sullivans Cove also received the award for Best Australian Single Cask Single Malt Whisky in the 12 years and under category. This year’s awards follow back to back “World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt” titles in 2018 and 2019, and the award for “World’s Best Single Malt” in 2014.

Hosted by Whisky Magazine, the World Whiskies Awards are the most prestigious and well-respected global whisky competition. The annual contest sees thousands of entries from around the world blind-judged by a large panel including journalists, distillers, retailers and other experts from across the whisky industry. To gain the award for Best Australian Single Malt, Sullivans Cove had to beat out over thirty other entries from distilleries across Australia.

The winning whisky was released last year to commemorate Sullivans Cove’s 25th anniversary, and is to date the oldest ever official distillery bottling of Australian single malt. A total of 502 bottles were released, comprising liquid from four 21-year-old American oak ex-bourbon casks, a length of maturation unprecedented in the still young modern Australian whisky industry.

Sullivans Cove Head Distiller Heather Tillott said about this release, “The 25th Anniversary bottling was an immensely rewarding project. Although our methods have changed somewhat since this whisky was distilled 21 years ago, it’s still distinctly Sullivans Cove and is a wonderful representation of our philosophy, which is to let the spirit speak for itself. Learning the fingerprint of these older casks and putting in the work to perfect the balance and strength of the final product to allow the whisky to express its true self was a pleasure, and we’re hugely proud of the result. To see it do so well on an international stage is a lovely validation of that work and pride.”

Sullivans Cove Managing Director Adam Sable says, “Our team worked tirelessly on this historic release to ensure it was befitting of such a milestone for Sullivans Cove and the Australian whisky industry. Winning “Best Australian Single Malt” overall is a testament to that hard work, and to the fact that good things come to those who wait.”

We’d also like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the other winners and nominees, especially our friends over at Archie Rose Distillery for winning World’s Best Rye Whisky – an incredible achievement for the Aussie whisky industry!

From all of us at Sullivans Cove, thank you for your ongoing support!!

Distillery Focus: Laphroaig at Hard to Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Located on Islay’s south coast, Laphroaig is one of the most iconic of all Scottish distilleries. The profound and unique character of these oily, smoky, medicinal whiskies has divided opinion since the distillery was founded in 1815.

Once highly prized by blenders, Laphroaig is now the best selling Islay single malt, enjoyed by whisky enthusiasts the world over, including Prince Charles who awarded the distillery a Royal Warrant in 1994.

Loved and loathed in equal measure, the whiskies are bold, pungent, intense, and not for the faint hearted!


Meet the people behind the Cotswolds Distillery – English Whisky News

Continuing our series to introduce you to the hard-working individuals at the Cotswolds Distillery, meet Connor, our Events Coordinator.

Have a read on our latest blog to learn more about Connor’s role and to find out his favourite pubs in the Cotswolds for a bite to eat!


Palatial surroundings for whiskey by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTLAND Whisky Tours

Palatial surroundings for whiskey

The Palace Bar in the heart of Dublin City, Ireland. The Bar is long and narrow inside you need to be slim! This wee pub has been the haunt of some of the best writers in the country for generations. The Irish Times is the best paper in the country and it is a stones throw away. For years journalists and writers of the Times have come to the bar for beer’s, ales, whiskey’s and wines. Charles Acton, Brendan Behan, John Banville, Liam MacGabhann, Maeve Binchy, Vincent Browne, Garret Fitzgerald. All of these names passed through the corridors of the Times, and Palace bar.

Nae loud music or dancing here, just drinking and conversation. The Victorian pub built in 1823, and in the mid 1940s was sold for an extortionate amount of money. Many questioned if  Bill Aherne the buyer at the time, was off his head, considering the astronomical fee for the little pub. But Aherne believed he was getting a bargain. So it was, in 1946 Bill Aherne shelled out the £27,000 for pub and became Palace Bar’s new owner. If you go into the Pub today you won’t see Bill Aherne, you will see his grandson William and his father Liam. It was from the 1930s to the 1960s that some of Ireland’s most talented writers, poets and journalists were regulars. They drank at the Palace largely because Robert M. Smyllie drank there. Smyllie was editor of the Irish Times from 1934 to 1954. So he stopped in often, and the city’s literary talent followed, hoping to get a piece commissioned. Four bronze plaques set in stone on the ground outside depict regulars: Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien and Con Houlihan. Liam Aherne, can remember a certain Mr Kernoff putting up his art pieces. His studio was off the South Circular Road, on Stamer Street. Kernoff’s work was under appreciated until his later years. But over the decades, dozens of his paintings were sold at the Palace, usually for £10 to £20, if you were lucky. The Palace’s decor is the same today as it was when it first opened. When in Dublin I usually am to be found in here at least once a day, so if you want some grand chat, talk or just listen, and you can actually get in, then do so.  They have a huge selection of every imaginable Irish whiskey behind the bar.

Once in, look and listen, locals and tourists alike are here, when I was in last time it was fun. Sat sittin at the bar was an old guy with a dram and half pint chaser, he was chatting to two pals. All three looked like they could do with a good meal, and a shave. Sliding up a bit to get a better listen, their conversations made me laugh, women, drinks, friends, but most of all, horses. Now I know a wee bit about horses – my grand dad bred them doon in Kilkenny, and I worked on an equestrian magazine for a while. They were talking about racehorses, they knew stable boys and jockey’s that much was clear. All talking about how horse racing is a big con, fixed, the boys and jockeys know, now I had a better understanding. My grand dad had told us this years ago. One old timer saw me listening and nodding to myself, he wagged a finger callin me over. As you do, I turned round to see who he was calling, it was myself. I pointed to my own chest, he nodded, I went over. Asked if I knew anything about horses, I told him what I knew. They ordered drinks and a Coleraine for me. We talked for at least an hour before one had to go. I bought a round or two of the turf style, was enjoying this. Turns out one used to be a jockey, one a journalist – horse racing – and the other a writer of novels. One of my best ever nights in Dublin.  Paul McLean aka Sean Daley


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M Black evolves the highly expressive aesthetic of Fabien Baron’s creative vision that makes its statement in M, in black crystal form. An evolution of the iconic M Decanter, this new step into lustrous black crystal from Lalique was crafted to reflect the diverse history of The Macallan single malt – a striking complement to a subtly smoky Macallan, The Macallan M Black is the latest and most complex release in the range. Designed specifically to celebrate a deep and smoky Macallan than its founding relation, the crystal that houses this precious spirit was also pushed into new territories. Requiring detailed research, prototyping and experimentation, the development of the M Black decanter was an adventure in crystal that produced an end product as unique as the whisky itself.

A rich pecan coloured M lies in wait inside this lustrous black decanter. Dried fruit and orange move to an intense, long peat smoke finish.

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