Back in 2000, John Glaser believed there were too many companies making and selling Scotch whisky the same way. An American, transplanted to the UK and working for a large distiller, he wanted to do things differently to bring the joys of Scotch whisky to more people.
He set up a different kind of Scotch whisky company, based on the long-lost model of the Scotch whisky blending house, but with a forward-looking approach and an unrelenting desire to create quality. He originally launched the business from his kitchen, but today, nearly two decades later, Compass Box has an office and Blending Room in London, its own stocks of maturing whiskies in Scotland, and more than a dozen employees.
With more spectrum of flavour and style than any other spirit, we believe Scotch whisky is one of the world’s great drinks. We're here to help ensure it continues to evolve and surprise today's discerning spirits enthusiasts.
Vellichor, n - the scent of second-hand bookshops
‘Vellichor’ is a new word and refers to the aromatic atmosphere within second-hand bookshops. For this project, we have combined complex and impressively mature whiskies from renowned distilleries, as well as parcels of blends that have been aged for many years in ex-Sherry butts, to encapsulate this unique fragrance.
Hints of leather, polished furniture and the crackling dustiness of decades-old pages on the nose. The palate is stacked with sumptuous malty notes, tropical fruit and Sherry character, with a delicate but persistent peatiness.
38.9% Malt Whisky from The Highland Park Distillery (Re-charred Hogshead)
29.3% Blended Malt parcel (Refill Sherry Butt)
15.6% Blended Scotch parcel (Refill Sherry Butt)
12.1% Malt Whisky from The Macallan Distillery (First-fill Bourbon Barrel)
4.1% Malt Whisky from Caol Ila distillery (Refilled Hogshead)
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