The Circle, is named after Compass Box’s bartender programme. The initiative was formed 2018 “to connect the creative processes of the blending room with those of the bar trade”.
The Circle is a blend of Scotch malt whiskies, including a base of single malt from Speyside’s Tamdhu Distillery, which was matured in ex-Bourbon barrels.
The “fruity and creamy flavour profile” from Tamdhu is supported with malt whisky from Brora in the Highlands aged in refill Sherry butts, a lightly-peated single malt from Orkney, aged in recharred hogsheads, and a small proportion of a Highland malt blend finished in French oak casks.
The final product has “apple, vanilla and malty notes” followed by a hint of smokiness on the finish.
A total of 6,151 bottles of The Circle have been released worldwide.