The Magic Cask is from the artisan whisky blending company of Compass Box and was the final limited edition bottling that helped to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2020. It joined the Hedonism Felicitas, Rogues’ Banquet and Peat Monster Arcana special editions. The Magic Cask is a blended malt made using only Speyside single malts, including some that was distilled from the long-closed Imperial distillery near Aberlour. However, the Magic Cask is so named due to the inclusion of one very special cask (Cask #2) - a first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry butt that was filled by Compass Box with one year old Speyside spirit in 2016 as part of a controlled experiment.
"Sometimes just one cask in a blend of many can provide the magic that allows the whole arrangement to sing. Last year, we discovered Cask #2 from our 2016 sherry cask maturation experiment. When combined with the parcel of malt from the lost distillery it has created an exceptional whisky."John Glaser - Founder and Whisky Maker at Compass Box.