Hedonism’s creator John Glaser dreamed of creating a Scotch that showed off the spectrum of flavour grain whisky is capable of. As the spirit is naturally mellower than malt whisky, Glaser chose a variety of styles and levels of maturity to create layers of flavour and complexity, which journey through vanilla cream, toasted coconut and soft toffee.
The whisky used differs from batch to batch – just one or two vattings are created every year – but tends to derive from Cameronbridge, Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas and Dumbarton, the latter four of which are now silent distilleries. From these lost sites a mixture of first-fill American oak barrels and rejuvenated Hogsheads are used to develop that depth of flavour, with some ages falling under the ‘rare and old’ banner.
Each batch is married together in barrels for up to 24 months before being bottled at 43% ABV and without chill-filtration for a thicker, sumptuous mouthfeel.
Nose : From the first delectable introduction, Hedonism is all ripe fruit, fraises des bois and sponge cake. Some red pepper provides an interesting point to mull.
Palate: Very sensual, disarmingly sleek and creamy. Black cherry and sweet spices, some cereal notes.
Finish: Very warm and spiced, toasty, some oak and milk chocolate.