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Whisky Reviews for Blended Scotch Whisky Blended by Compass Box LMDW
17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.77 points
- so, here are some words on WF: http://www.whiskyfun.com/2017/New-NAS-blended-malts.html
- Ok, so sue me, but I don't see the benefit of the other components. Just give me a 10-year-old Talisker at cask strength, leave out the grain and the Glentauchers, and we're good.
Surprisingly peaty – if you told me this had Caol Ila rather than Talisker as the main component, I wouldn't so much as blink. The younger components dominate the older ones. I wasn't too impressed initially, but it really comes into its own with a bit of water. I don't get any of the grain on the nose, either, it (haha:) blends right in. Bright, vanilla-rich ex-bourbon matured whisky meets spicy, peppery, herbal, powerful young Talisker. Not sure if the rechar adds to the overall sweetness and vanilla levels, but both are pretty strong. If pressed, I'd say this reminds me more of recent NAS Talisker expressions like "Storm" or "Skye", in that it's heavy on the rechar vanilla sweetness.
Nice creamy bourbon sweetness, lots of chili/ginger/pepper and herbal, saline peat. A bit like a sweeter, more high-powered, more vanillin-charged Talisker 10. Simple, but effective.
Nothing new here, and not terribly long either. Salty, herbal, sweet.
- Whisky components
Invergordon 20 yo Rechar barrel 14%
Talisker 10 yo Rechar Hogshead 60%
Glen Tauchers 20 yo First Fill Bourbon Barrels 20%
Highland Malt Blend 10 yo Custom French Oak casks - Heavy Toast 6%
- Lovely stuff, and to say I usually don’t like Talisker all that much!
Very sweet peat, with notes of honey and vanilla. They wouldn’t have set a beehive on fire, would they? Some grassy notes too as well as menthol. Then we get a sudden truckload of figs and green apple. A very enjoyable, balanced nose here.
Ultraclean smoke, just when it reaches the height of it’s intensity, the beeswax takes over. Asparagus and other vegetal notes join the fray. The lemons come in last.
A citrusy smoke that just lingers. A wonderful end to this.
- Tasted with a few drops of water.
Nice nose on white fruits, butter and cream but it is a little closed even with a little water.
After a while some faint creosote notes, mixing with a dirty peat,this is really good nose.
Creamy, peaty mouthfeel, very substantial and the peat grows in your mouth but the fruit keeps it in check and then a slightly bitter grapefruit note creeps in, I reckon there is some Caol Ila in the mix here
Ever so slightly hot but the balance is quality here, not a mass of flavours and a bit one dimensional but it really does work.
Nice work CB
Edit, after playing around for a few minutes there is a metallic aftertaste which knocks it down a few points on the finish, the only negative thing about it really but the palate more than makes up for this.
- That could also be a younger smoky-fruity Highlander for whom you would like to spend 50 €. The price of Compass Box is artistically ambitious, but does not take into account the blended malt in any way.
Very cautious. Peach liquor, sage candy, but somehow not much else comes across.
Quite peaty, slightly oily and interspersed with smoked canned cocktail fruits.
Relatively short and not very eventful, young peat smoke remains. Now acts like a stronger NAS Talisker.
- Nose on wax, vanilla, apple, also chard.
In the mouth, the peat is more vegetal, with spices on the finish
- Room temperature when drinking: 23℃
Nose: It starts with smoked bacon and pepper, and some sea salt, followed by sweetness, creamy custard sauce, lemongrass, and bacon sprinkled with crushed black pepper. There are not many surprises when smelling.
Palate: First, fruity, fig, citrus, papaya, and some honeydew. Cigarettes and shredded shredded tobacco appeared next, with a slightly bitter base, medium wood aroma, and very little smoked and meaty sensations. At the end there are chrysanthemums and hang white chrysanthemums.
Body: The sense of oil and fat is not enough to describe. I just drank a bite of vegetable oil, which should be the closest to the oils in the wine body I am currently in contact with.
Finish: Long, yellow rock sugar, Hang Baiju.
The rare smell of incense is weaker than the entrance. When smelling the fragrance, it feels like that, and the result is a face slap = =