Compass Box creates whisky for rock ‘n’ roll bar

Delilahs Compass Box whiskyCompass Box whisky maker John Glaser has teamed up with Mike Miller, owner of legendary Chicago rock ‘n’ roll bar Delilah’s, to create a limited-edition whisky to celebrate the venue’s 20th birthday.

The Scotch whisky is aged in a mix of experimental new American oak barrels and rejuvenated American oak hogsheads and bottled at 40% ABV.

It is rich and sweet with complex notes of honey, fruit, cereal and vanilla cream. It was created to be perfect served as a shot with a beer but can also replace the whiskey in a classic Mint Julep.

John said: “Mike wanted a Scotch whisky that, in his words, ‘thinks it’s a bourbon’, so we sourced some single malts aged in new American oak hogsheads, something that’s very hard to find in Scotland.

“The result is a Scotch with a big, luscious vanilla-oak character that has echoes of bourbon flavour. This makes it dangerously easy to drink neat and perfect served as a shot with a beer – the way a
lot of whisky is enjoyed at Delilah’s.”

Only 6,000 bottles of the whisky are available in select markets worldwide, including the UK, with most going to the US.

Delilah’s in the Lincoln Park neighbourhood features nightly rock ‘n’ roll DJs, local art exhibitions, film screenings and an extensive selection of beers and spirits including more than 600 whiskies. British beer and whisky writer Michael Jackson once described it as “the most important bar in America”.

John set up Compass Box Whisky Company in 2000 by John Glaser, producing and bottling innovative, high-quality whiskies that are not exported globally. Its signature range includes Asyla, Oak Cross, The Peat Monster, The Spice Tree and Hedonism while it also has a range of blended Scotch whiskies under the banner of Great King Street.

Delilah’s Julep

2oz Delilah’s whisky
1/3oz Honey syrup
10 Mint leaves,
Crushed ice

Fill glass with crushed ice, add whisky and syrup. Rub mint leaves around rim of glass before mixing in.

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