Dinner and blending classes with John Glaser of Compass Box


Many years ago Emil den Dulk Jnr and I brought Compass Box into South Africa.  Compass Box is an exciting company that produce top quality innovative but sometimes controversial whiskies.   Hedonism, The Peat Monster, the newer Great Kings Street are but some of the whiskies that John has created and that whisky lovers enjoy.  So yes, I have a history with this brand I confess to some bias.  But then I suppose I am biased in favour of all whiskies I enjoy, history or not.  You don’t have to take my word for the quality of the whisky and John Glaser’s skill – you can find out for yourself at a pretty special event.

Cape Town – 5th November @ Burrata, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock

Johannesburg – 6th November @ La Campagnola, Bryanston

Details and Press Release below. And of course, the official invites!




John Glaser is the genius behind some rather controversial blended whiskies; if you have ever heard of ‘The Spice Tree’, ‘Hedonism’, ‘Flaming Heart’ or ‘The Peat Monster’, then you would have heard of John Glaser. Luckily for us, John is going to be holding special whisky blending classes right here in South Africa this November. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a whisky blender, don’t miss out, click here to find out more.


John Glaser is one of the most prominent whisky producers in the world today and has been credited with the resurgence in the popularity of whisky since his innovative brand, Compass Box, hit the market 11 years ago. With his winemaker qualification and years of experience with one of the world’s largest whisky brands, he decided it was time to relook whisky from a craft approach and started blending whisky in his kitchen thus Compass Box was born…


What does John do differently to the rest? Well John says that he first creates a whisky in his head and then seeks out and hand-selects individual casks to make the magic happen. Compass Box uses fewer whiskies in their blends which results in a more defined taste with the distinctive personalities of the chosen whiskies coming through. John Glaser certainly is a trailblazer when it comes to whisky innovation and his success has ruffled a few feathers, but in the end his blends have been applauded as being more distinct, more drinkable and simply more exciting than some of the more established blends on the market.


Join John and the Compass Box team, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the Master Blender himself, taste the phenomenal Compass Box whiskies and then use them as inspiration to come up with your very own dram… Guests will indulge in a delectable menu with dishes chosen to complement the award-winning Compass Box range of whiskies. Learn how this innovative brand has established itself as a revolutionary in the world of whisky; then taste cask strength whiskies before developing your very own winning recipe, all under John’s expert guidance of course!


Diarise these dates; you really don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from one of whisky’s great innovators.


Cape Town – 5th November @ Burrata, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock

Johannesburg – 6th November @ La Campagnola, Bryanston


Reservations for each event are essential as seats are limited for each event so do not delay in securing your seat!