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Interview: John Glaser On Compass Box’s Role In Blended Scotch

Editor’s Note: While most of Scotch whisky’s recent progress has come from single malts, a U.K.-based American, John Glaser, has staked out a robust niche in blended Scotch with his Compass Box range. Founded in 2000 by Glaser, a 52-year-old American who once worked in marketing for Johnnie Walker, Compass Box has adroitly sought out aged stocks—its Hedonism ($120 a 750-ml.) contains liquid 18 years and older—and sold them to high-end bars, restaurants and specialty retailers. Creative names like Peat Monster ($65 a 750-ml., with 8,000 six-pack cases shipped to the U.S. last year) have caught consumers’ attention. Compass Box, in which Bacardi has a minority stake, has also gained an iconoclastic reputation for taking on the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) over issues regarding transparency and age statements. SND recently caught up with Glaser at his London headquarters to get an update Compass Box’s progress. Continue reading →

Posted in News on January 25, 2017

News Briefs for December 9, 2016

•Illinois-based importer Winesellers, Ltd. has added Spanish vermouth Bodegas Oliveros to its portfolio. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 9, 2016

News Briefs for October 1, 2015

•When the Coravin was launched in July 2013, there were plenty of skeptics: Could the device really extract a glass of wine from a bottle and leave the remainder sealed and fresh? And was there a market for that? Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 1, 2015

Scotch Innovator Compass Box Eyes Expansion With New U.S. Sales Unit

Artisan Scotch whisky producer Compass Box remains a boutique operation, but its outsized influence in the category has made bigger players take notice, including Bacardi, which secured a minority stake in the company last year. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 1, 2015