On the 1th of November Compass Box introduced Phenomenology and No Name....
Two new Limited Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies for autumn 2017.
We received a special letter from John Glaser:
In accordance with the Whiskymaker’s need and obligation to ask questions, to challenge and to experiment, both of these whiskeys have encouraged us to challenge our own thinking about how a whisky is experienced and understood.
They have pushed us to share their stories in a way we haven’t done before.
You’ll find the end result in two very different, yet, we believe, equally compelling styles of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.....
Phenomenology was inspired by the psychological school of thought of the same name that focuses on phenomena, or, the experiences that we get from our senses--what we see, taste, smell, etc.
In celebration of the subjectivity of whisky tasting, we are not sharing the recipe details and tasting notes as we normally would. We want to encourage drinkers to experience this whisky without preconception and to first describe the ‘phenomena’ of the liquid for themselves, in their own words and ideas.
The idea for our second limited edition was sparked by the discovery of a parcel of American oak barrels filled with massively peaty Islay single malt whisky - tarry and full of bonfire-like smokiness - from a distillery we’ve never worked with before. To us, this was a whisky crying out to be tamed and shaped into a very special Compass Box limited edition.
This whisky was given No Name to let the whisky speak for itself. It is huge in terms of the intensity and complexity of flavour, a whisky brimming with complex peatiness, but tempered with hints of fruit character and an underlying sweetness.
Above all, share & enjoy!
John Glaser, Whiskymaker Compass Box