For the first time, three different front labels adorn the front of the same whisky.
THE LOST BLEND is the new limited edition release from award-winning Scotch Whiskymaker Compass
Box. This marriage of three single malts is a homage to their long lost (and much loved) Eleuthera whisky,
and boasts the same unique smoky fruity style. After 10 years of searching, whiskymaker John Glaser was
finally able to track down the unique whiskies he required earlier this year. The result is The Lost Blend.
Bottled at 46% and packaged in a high quality gift box adorned with ‘lost items,’ it will be priced at $120 in
the US, £85 in the UK and $100 in Europe. It will be available from 1st October in the US, UK, Europe
and all key international Compass Box markets.
John Glaser adds, “In 2001, we created our first single malt blend which we called Eleuthera. It was an elegant marriage
of approximately 80% unpeated Highland and 20% peaty Islay single malts. Alas, after 3 years, we were suddenly no longer
able to obtain one of the key whiskies required for the recipe so, sadly, we retired Eleuthera in 2004. Quietly, I have been
looking for whiskies that we could use to bring it back, even if temporarily, but without any luck. Until now.”
Glaser has had a name that he’s been waiting to use for a whisky project like this—The Lost Blend, inspired
by the O. Henry story of the same name. This sharp and witty portrait of life in a New York bar in the early 1900s was published in 1907 and features two business partners who try to recreate a blend of
different spirits with close to supernatural properties.
Compass Box has created three different front label designs all around the same theme: lost items. These
include an antique nautical octant, a Woodstock typewriter, an Excelsior cylinder gramophone, the
tragically lost RMS Lusitania, and of course the Dodo. The whisky behind each label is the same, and the
three labels have been randomly bottled and put into cases, which allows customers an additional
discovery to the whisky itself: which label did I get?
GLASGOW BLEND is the second permanent whisky to be introduced to the Great King Street range of
innovative, small-batch Blended Scotch whiskies from Compass Box.
Glasgow Blend will be available from mid-October in UK and Europe, and from November 1st onwards in
the US, North America and all key international Compass Box markets. It will be priced at around £30 in
the UK and €36 in Europe for a 50cl format (with stylish red gift tube), and $45 and $25 in the US for the
750ml and 375ml formats respectively (without a gift tube).
The Great King Street range is dedicated to applying a contemporary approach to the creation of Blended
Scotch Whiskies in the full-flavoured style of the late 19th century blending houses. To this, they lend a
21st century sense of exploration and innovation for which Compass Box is known. The range takes its
name from 24 Great King Street, the company’s registered address in Edinburgh since John Glaser started
the business in 2000. Great King Street Scotch whiskies lend themselves to a variety of usages—they can be
enjoyed neat, with ice and a splash of water, served as a classic Highball, or as a key ingredient in cocktails.
John Glaser adds, “Over a year in the making, the ‘Glasgow Blend’ involved the creation of over 100 recipe prototypes
before we finalised it. We’ve been trying to make a Blended Scotch whisky like no other on the market today, something
based on the traditional Scotch whisky styles of peatiness and sherry cask aging, but reinterpreted for today’s drinkers who
seek out big flavours, complexity and fullness on the palate. This is full-on Blended Scotch whisky, in all its sherry-aged,
peaty glory, classic in style, updated for today with its flavour intensity and sweetness – part owing to the grain whiskies, part
owing to the small amount of French oak finished malt. There is no Blended Scotch Whisky quite like this.”
In his 1930 book ‘Whisky’, Aeneas MacDonald mentions that Glaswegians historically preferred fuller
bodied and more flavour-packed whiskies than people in other parts of the world. So what better name for
a whisky such as this? For decades, The Wellington Statue, outside Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, has
been cheekily topped by a traffic cone, something the local population has taken to heart as a symbol of
their sense of humour. It has become one of Glasgow’s most iconic images, and graces the label for the