Compass Box’s latest expression features a parcel of whisky aged in Vino Naranja casks and draws on the brand’s passion for inspiring curiosity through its label designs. Vino Naranja is a fortified Spanish wine from the Condado de Huelva (in southern Spain) to which orange peel is added to the cask for a portion of the wine’s ageing process. Canvas is meant to artistically inspire consumers by engaging them through the opportunity to design their own Canvas label.
Canvas is a bold malt whisky, yet it is still an approachable match for new Scotch fans. The blend carries notes of ripe fruit, honey, vanilla, cocoa powder, oak, and a marmalade stickiness.
“For us, whisky making is an artistic process, and the whisky is our canvas,” says whiskymaker James Saxon. “Canvas achieves a delicious level of boldness thanks to part-ageing in the Vino Naranja casks, filled as an experiment in 2018. We wanted this release to embody the spirit of its creation and inspire sippers to indulge in their own artistic adventures.”
Designers Stranger & Stranger drew inspiration from the Renaissance-era use of trophy frames when they partnered with Compass Box to create Canvas’ engaging label. On the Canvas label, the frame captures the story and achievement of whisky making. Consumers have the unique opportunity to partake in the label creation process by using the bottle’s QR code, which will link to a template where they can put their own photo, sketch, poem or other work of art within the frame and then print the personalised label. Compass Box invites creatives and whisky fans to share their unique designs on social media, tagging the brand and using #compassboxcanvas.
Canvas Blended Malt Scotch Whisky will be available in the U.S. beginning September 1, from ReserveBar, Flaviar, and other e-commerce retailers. 5,880 bottles will be released worldwide.