Compass Box is a small independent specialist Scotch whisky company, devoted to making some of Scotland’s premier whiskies through the art of blending. Similar to fine wine negociants, they choose individual casks of whiskies from different distilleries, which offer complementary sets of flavours, and then blend the whiskies in small batches. Their whiskies have unusual names and the labels are contemporary in style; it’s all part of their vision: take a contemporary approach to a traditional product. At the core of everything they create is a desire to bring out a purity of flavour, a richness, a drinking experience that will call people back to their glass; to Compass Box, this is the true measure of a whisky’s quality. The secret to making Asyla is the quality of the casks. Only whiskies aged in first-fill American oak casks (ex-Bourbon) are used because these yield whiskies with more vanilla character, more richness and more sweetness than refill casks. There is no other blended Scotch whisky on the market that uses whiskies of this quality. Also, there are few blended Scotches that use 50% malt whisky as we do (all unpeated malt whiskies). The result is a carefully crafted, elegant Scotch whisky that makes the perfect aperitif. The malt whiskies are from the Linkwood, Glen Elgin and Teaninich distilleries, whilst the grain whisky is from the Cameron Bridge distillery. Asyla has a light, delicate fragrant nose with vanilla, some citrus spice and a little elderflower. Rounded, sweet fruity flavours of vanilla cream, grains and citrus peel with a subtle light dry finish. 10–12 year old single malts from Elgin, Longmorn and Ballindalloch and a Fife single grain matured together in first-fill American oak and rejuvenated hogshead. Ideal as an aperitif served in a white wine or similar glass with chilled water to taste. Try before a meal with shavings of Parmigianno Reggiano.