Compass Box marks 20 years with Hedonism FelicitasBy Nicola Carruthers
Independent bottler Compass Box has launched the Hedonism Felicitas whisky to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.
The limited edition Hedonism Felicitas brings together three grain whiskies, each distilled in a different decade.
Bottled at 53% ABV, the blended grain whisky offers notes of creamy coconut intertwined with caramel, vanilla and almond. It has a soft finish with creamy toffee. To bring out a toastier aroma and subtle fruitiness, Compass Box recommends adding one ice cube to the whisky.
Whisky maker James Saxon said: “Hedonism Felicitas is intended to convey the good fortune, happiness and gratitude we feel having met and worked with so many remarkable people.”
Since Compass Box was founded on 23 October 2000, the bottler has release more than 100 whiskies. The company’s first expression, Hedonism, was thought to be the world’s first blended grain Scotch whisky. It is a vatting of Scotch grain whiskies from American oak casks.
“Launching our business with Hedonism was widely seen at the time as unusual, because so few Scotch whisky companies bottle 100% grain whiskies,” said founder and whisky maker John Glaser.
“I am hopeful that over the years, we have shown people how delicious good quality Scotch grain whisky can be and as a result, Hedonism has become a signature whisky for us,”
“For these reasons, we love to create special, limited edition Hedonism bottlings to commemorate important milestones and events.”
Limited to 2,226 bottles, Hedonism Felicitas is priced at £140 per 700ml and US$175 per 750ml bottle.
In 2015, Compass Box celebrated its 15th anniversary with the release of limited edition Hedonism Quindecimus. In the same year, Bacardi acquired a minority stake in Compass Box.
The producer launched its Scotch whisky transparency campaign in 2016, and has previously teamed up with bar owner Ryan Chetiyawardana, Chicago venue Delilah’s and Scottish brewer Brewdog on collaborative releases.