Compass Box, the renowned Scotch whisky producer, has introduced Metropolis, the latest addition to its Extinct Blends Quartet series. This limited edition release is the third of four bottlings in the collection, which pays homage to long-forgotten blends, drawing inspiration from the vanished distilleries and their distinctive flavors.
"Extinct distilleries can be resurrected, but the blends from the past cannot be replicated on a grand scale. These formulas capture unique moments in time, shaped by relationships, ideas, and individuals," the brand explained.
With each expression in this series, Compass Box embraces the legacy of these vanished characters and flavors, reinterpreting four distinct styles of blended Scotch whisky by using some of their most treasured whisky parcels.
Metropolis, a celebration of bustling cities both past and present, draws inspiration from a recently extinct blended Scotch with a rich history. It's characterized as charming, refined, and brimming with vitality, aiming to encapsulate the excitement and opulence of urban life.
James Saxon, the lead whisky maker at Compass Box, shared, "Metropolis represents all the people, places, and moments that converge to make city life so vibrant. We sought to capture the essence of blended Scotch that still thrives within today's urban landscape."
The whisky's aging in Sherry casks imparts a luscious dried fruit essence, complemented by a creamy and zesty grain whisky foundation. Additionally, delicate notes of hot metal and shipyard smoke from a vintage malt whisky contribute to its unique profile.
Metropolis joins Ultramarine and Delos in the Extinct Blends Quartet series. Ultramarine, the inaugural release, featured mature malts from Caol Ila and Glendullan distilleries, aged grains from Cameronbridge and Girvan distilleries, and a blend of pre-existing stocks. Delos, the second blend, incorporated older stocks and malt whiskies from Glen Elgin, Imperial, and Miltonduff distilleries, aged in American oak barrels.
Metropolis, bottled at 49% ABV, will be available for purchase starting September 20th through www.compassboxwhisky.com, priced at an RRP of £260 (US$327).
About Compass Box
Compass Box is a distinguished and innovative Scotch whisky producer known for its commitment to crafting exceptional blends. Founded by John Glaser in 2000, the company has established itself as a trailblazer in the whisky industry by pushing the boundaries of traditional Scotch whisky making. Compass Box is renowned for its dedication to quality, creativity, and transparency in presenting its whisky offerings.
One of the distinctive aspects of Compass Box is its approach to blending. The company takes pride in its ability to blend different malt and grain whiskies to create unique and harmonious flavor profiles. This blending expertise has resulted in a wide range of whisky expressions, each with its own character and appeal. Compass Box offers both limited edition releases and core expressions, catering to a diverse range of whisky enthusiasts.
What sets Compass Box apart is its unwavering commitment to transparency. The company provides detailed information about the whisky components used in each blend, including the distilleries, ages, and types of casks. This level of transparency allows consumers to have a deeper understanding of the whiskies they enjoy, fostering trust and appreciation for the craftsmanship behind each bottle.
Compass Box's portfolio includes a variety of whiskies, from peaty and smoky blends to elegant and complex single malts. The brand's willingness to experiment and innovate has led to the creation of unique and exciting limited releases that capture the imagination of whisky connoisseurs worldwide.
In addition to its exceptional whiskies, Compass Box has gained recognition for its beautiful and distinctive packaging. The brand's artistic labels and packaging design reflect the creativity and attention to detail that go into every aspect of their products.
Compass Box is a whisky producer that combines tradition with innovation, offering a diverse range of blends and single malts that cater to the evolving tastes of whisky aficionados. With a dedication to transparency, quality, and creativity, Compass Box continues to be a prominent and respected name in the world of Scotch whisky.