Spirit Master: Compass Box Hedonism

21st January, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Scotch lovers will undoubtedly be preparing their best drams to toast Scotland’s national poet on Burns Night this Saturday (25 January) – and this award-winning blended grain whisky should not be overlooked.

Compass Box Hedonism is thought to be the world’s first blended grain Scotch whisky

Every week, SB celebrates some of the top-scoring Master medallists from The Global Spirits Masters blind-tasting competitions.

We scoured the results of our Scotch Whisky Masters to find an expression that would be best suited for celebrating legendary bard Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns this Saturday.

The Scotch Whisky Masters, held in May 2019, awarded 16 Master medals across a number of categories and price points. The blind-tasting is one of the biggest competitions in The Global Spirits Masters series.

Hedonism, from independent Scotch whisky bottler Compass Box, was bestowed a Master medal in the Blended Grain – Ultra Premium leg.

It was said to have a “fabulous nose of pineapple and caramelised apple” as well as a “pleasing gentle heat”. One judge added: “It was very cohesive and it felt very natural. It had all the elements I am looking for in a whisky.”

Compass Box Hedonism was one of 16 Master medallists during The Scotch Whisky Masters 2019

The expression – thought to be the world’s first blended grain Scotch whisky – is a vatting of Scotch grain whiskies from American oak casks.

Bottled at 43% ABV, Compass Box Hedonism is priced at £68 (US$89) per bottle.

The non-chill-filtered whisky is recommended served neat, as an apéritif, with a small amount of chilled water, or in a Whisky Sour or Rob Roy cocktail.

To recreate a Rob Roy, check out the recipe below:


50ml Compass Box Hedonism

20ml Red vermouth

A dash of Angostura Bitters.

Method: Stir 50ml of Hedonism with 20ml red vermouth (Hedonism recommends Cocchi Vermouth di Torino), a dash of Angostura bitters and ice, then strain and serve up in a coupe glass garnished with a Maraschino cherry.

To see the full list of medallists from our Scotch Whisky Masters 2019, click here.

If you’re interested in entering your brand into The Global Spirits Masters, contact Rhiannon Morris – rhiannon.morris@thespiritsbusiness.com – for more details.

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