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Compass Box Hedonism Maximus

Lot: 5053923

Compass Box Hedonism Maximus

Winning Bid: £630

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Compass Box Hedonism Maximus

Despite brands like Ballantine’s, Johnnie Walker and Chivas Regal remaining the best-selling Scotch whisky brands in the world, the blended Scotch category played second fiddle to the more fashionable single malt market in the second half of the 20th century. This remains largely true today, however in recent decades the perception of the blend has improved. The company at the forefront of this is Compass Box, founded in 2000 by John Glaser, a former marketing director for the Johnnie Walker brand. Their core range consists of The Spice Tree, The Peat Monster, Story of the Spaniard, Oak Cross and Hedonism blends, and they regularly produce limited editions as well. The company prides itself on its boundary-pushing approach to its creations, and on occasion, boundary-crossing creations, such as the original Spice Tree in 2005 which was banned by the Scotch Whisky Association for its use of suspended staves in casks. Despite investment from Bacardi in 2015, the company continues to push the envelope and rebel against tradition, most notably in its Scotch Whisky Transparency campaign, launched in 2016 following another disagreement with the SWA, this time about their detailed revealing of the recipes of their whiskies.

Hedonism was the company's first ever blend, debuted in 2000. It was unusual at the time (and even now) for its make-up of only single grain whiskies, inspired by John Glaser's love of the lesser-seen cousin of single malt Scotch.

The blend is comprised of 8 to 15 casks of single grain, from distilleries such as Cameronbridge and the closed Cambus, and most of the whiskies come from first-fill American oak. The recipe for batches of the blend vary, and the precise components of each are available upon request from the company.

Bottled only once or twice per year, this was a special 2008 limited edition, the global market follow-up to the previous year's Hedonism Maximus collaboration with La Maison du Whisky. The labels for both releases are an homage to the old Usher's Vatted Glenlivet blends.


  • 70% Invergordon 42 year old
  • 30% Carsebridge 29 year old


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