Must have ASYLA


Blended Scotch, Scotland 70cl Ref: 42

A must have LMDW

In 2000, at the height of the fashion for Scottish single malts, we discovered Compass Box, a company that specialises in the creation of micro-blends, founded by John Glaser. ‘Surprise’ barely describes our reaction the first time we tasted Asyla, Eleuthera, Peat Monster and Juveniles. These blends and blended malts were smoother, more aromatic and more balanced than their illustrious elders. Especially Asyla, a 50% malt blend, aged exclusively in first-fill bourbon casks, that is imported and distributed on the French market and in most European countries by La Maison du Whisky.

This whisky is a blend of three Speyside single malts (Linkwood, Glen Elgin and Cragganmore) and two grain whiskies from the Cambus distillery (closed in 1993) and Cameronbridge. It was one of John Glaser’s first creations. The name, ‘Asyla’, from asylum, means an inviolable refuge, a place of peace and serenity, but also somewhere where lunatics are ‘gathered’. A place where both madness and extreme difference can be expressed. In other words, a highly appropriate name for a fine whisky!

Style: Nose: Refined, precise. Malted barley, cut hay and citrus fruit (oranges), all the sweet smells of Speyside! If to that one adds sweet spices (cinnamon, ginger), the bucolic landscape traversed by the meanders of the Spey begins to appear. Palate: balanced, mentholated. Ripe fruit. Green almonds. Finish: Long, soft. Spices and exotic fruit.

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  • Fruity
  • Iodized
  • Spicy
  • Floral
  • Woody
  • Unpeated

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : pale yellow with hints of green.
  • Nose : refined, precise. Malted barley, cut hay and citrus fruit (oranges), all the sweet smells of Speyside! If to that one adds sweet spices (cinnamon, ginger), the bucolic landscape traversed by the meanders of the Spey begins to appear.
  • Palate : balanced, mentholated. The first notes are of ripe fruit (melons, peaches) and green almonds. Vanilla and acacia honey contribute to a sweet, mellow mid-palate.
  • Overall : long, tender. The malted barley returns to its dominant position, from which it sees more powerful spices, salted butter caramel and exotic fruit (pineapple, banana).
The brand

The brand

Asyla est l'une des toutes premières créations de John Glaser, fondateur de Compass Box. Ce whisky résulte de l'assemblage de trois single malts du Speyside (Linkwood, Glen Elgin et Cragganmore) et de deux whiskies de grain provenant de la distillerie Cambus (fermée en 1993) et Cameronbridge. Quant à son nom, "Asyla", c'est à la fois le refuge inviolable, un lieu de paix, de calme, de sérénité mais aussi celui où les aliénés sont « regroupés ». Un lieu où la folie et l'extrême différence trouvent leur expression. Un nom définitivement approprié pour un whisky de qualité !


Compass Box is unique in the world of whisky. Founded just over ten years ago, it is a small independent company specialising in the blending of whiskies bought from the main whisky producers. Compass Box has made this its speciality, becoming the master in its fields of blended malts, blended grains and blended whisky, with each category represented in its portfolio. It is also a company with a genuine philosophy, elevating blending to a worthy, noble task, distancing itself from its industrial image and reasserting the value of its craft as a ‘whiskymaker’.

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