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Compass Box Hedonism The Muse

Lot: 5088742

Compass Box Hedonism The Muse

Winning Bid: £260

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Compass Box Hedonism The Muse

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.

A 2018 limited edition release from Compass Box, this was intended to replicate (and even contains some of) the inspiration for the original Hedonism grain whisky, a pre-vatted cask containing a marriage of old grain whiskies of unknown provenance.

The Muse is also an affectionate nod to women in the industry and the Compass Box team. The original Hedonism bottling was apparently the first Scotch whisky to feature a woman on the label. One of 3,060 bottles. 


  • 27.2% Invergordon, refill American standard barrel
  • 20.4% North British, re-charred barrel
  • 16% Strathclyde, refill hogshead
  • 15.7% North British, first-fill bourbon barrel
  • 13.8% Unknown blend of grain whiskies, butt (The Muse's cask)
  • 3.6% Port Dundas, re-charred barrel
  • 3.3% Port Dundas, hogshead
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