Probably the world’s smallest and most exclusive whisky company.
The Compass Box Artisan Whisky Company conducts its business affairs in London’s vibrant West End. When John Glaser set up the company in a disused garage 15 years ago, his aim was to create Scotland’s finest whisky. For some traditionalist malt drinkers, the address alone – if not Glaser’s method – is nothing short of provocation. For Glaser doesn’t distill; instead, he buys barrels of single malts of various ages and blends them in various styles of barrique. His barrels are stored and subsequently bottled in Scotland. In 2014, the company filled around 175,000 bottles. Although that sounds a lot, it’s but a drop in the ocean in the whisky business. Glaser’s creations bear names like Asyla, The Peat Monster or The General. Behind the 16 intriguingly named blends and exquisitely-designed bottles there is a small team of nine enthusiasts. Over the last few years, this team has brought about a minor revolution: they have reinvented the world of whisky.