Whisky is made to be shared.
And so are ideas.

The Circle is our global bartender programme to connect the creative processes of the Blending Room with those of the bar trade.

At Compass Box, we believe some of the most exciting inventions come from unexpected combinations. Whether it’s pairing unusual ingredients, blending different techniques or taking inspiration from diverse cultures, the surprises that emerge can be quite magical.

The Circle finalists

WHICH IS WHY WE FORMED THE CIRCLE.

It’s our way of bringing together likeminded creators who love to do things differently. Each year we invite a select group of bartenders from around the globe to join our whiskymakers on an adventure of flavours.

But this isn’t industry experimentation behind closed doors. These expert bartenders are set a range of challenges to test their creativity. The ultimate winner is then rewarded with the opportunity to create their own limited edition Compass Box whisky for everyone to enjoy.

The Circle winner 2018, Rosey Mitchell

THE STORY SO FAR

2018’s winner was London’s Rosey Mitchell from Three Sheets. Described as ‘sunshine in a glass’, her original idea was a fitting finale to an intense process. It started with heats in Argentina, France, the USA, Spain and the UK, before a three-day global final in London.

As The Circle’s inaugural winner, Rosey has set a very high standard, but that just makes it all the more exciting for Compass Box lovers.

In 2019, Mannie Monaghan from Below Stairs, was the world-class bartender who came out on top, and we can’t wait for you to try his creation, The Circle No. 2. It’ll be available from our online store and your local specialist spirits retailer this summer, so keep an eye on this page and be sure to sign up to our newsletter for news of a release date.

For very obvious reasons, we have had to postpone The Circle competition for the past 2 years. We’re really disappointed to have to do this, but we must prioritise the wellbeing of our communities.

Thank you to the many wonderfully talented people who have played a part in the programme. We are determined to be back together next year.