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Transistor Blended Scotch Whisky CB

Overall rating
83.69/100
votes
63
Whiskybase ID
WB129302
Category
Blend
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Brewdog's Boilermaker Series
Bottled
2019
Casktype
1st Fill American Oak Barrels
Number of bottles
5658
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060632880093
Bottled for
Brewdog Distilling Co.
Added on
07 Apr 2019 11:53 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 49.07

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63 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Transistor Blended Scotch Whisky CB

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.69 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    My first impression of this is really good, some nice spice, fruit gum flavours and it is quite buttery in the mouthfeel.
    It seems to get spicier as you go in and for once the grain compliments the malt adding a gritty edge which I like.
    Even at £45 full price this is good value.
    I will do a full tasting note once the bottle has been open a few weeks.
    The nose is a little distant but the palate and the finish more than make up for it.
    Buy one
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Boilermaker

    BrewDog is an innovative, rebellious brewery in Scotland since 2007. They even have a bar in Brussels by now. They asked three whisky producers to create a whisky for a boilermaker. That’s the combination of whisky and beer – side by side. Duncan Taylor gave them Skeleton Key, the Dutch Zuidam delivered a 100% rye whisky Torpedo Tulip and Compass Box came up with this Transistor. It is created to be savored alongside the Punk IPA from BrewDog. The whisky is a blend of Cameronbridge grain with the following malts: Linkwood, Teaninich, Dailuaine and Clynelish. Parts of the whisky were matured on French oak from the Vosges.

    The nose starts very closed. It needs quite a bit of hand warmth before it starts to reveal its secrets. I get garden herbs, paprika powder, oregano and white pepper on a soft bed of mango, pineapple and bergamot. It then turns a bit creamy on coconut milk and banana. Breakfast cereals. But if I’m perfectly honest, it is not very outspoken. Rather flat and uninteresting. Blind I would consider this a bottom shelf blend, in fact. Imagine that.

    It becomes a lot more interesting on the palate. A nice spiciness (same as the nose but much louder with the emphasis on nutmeg), a woody bitterness, some citrusfruit and caramel. Vanilla in the distance. Much better, but still not a top dram, it has to be said.

    The finish is nice, though. Milk chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla and lingering spices.

    A rather boring whisky in itself, if you ask me. But then again, it was created as a means to an end…

    Boilermaker

    I tried it together with the beer for which it was created and then it becomes a whole different story. The sweet notes of the whisky soften up the very bitter, but delicious hop notes of the BrewDog Punk IPA, while the beer also allows the whisky to shine. I this case, the sum is definitely more than its parts. Good.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This is the sort of dram to drink when you just want to relax with no issues and drink a no nonsense Scotch, this will not appeal to peat heads or sherry monster lovers but as a simple satisfying whisky this hits the spot.
    • Nose
      83 83
      This smells of cream & butter mixed in with honey, grapefruit with faint mango, like a cocktail of exotic fruits.
    • Taste
      85 85
      As the nose suggested it is indeed creamy with some butter and lots of spice with some grapefruit.
      There is a little bitter fruit in the mix fighting against the sweetness of the butter/cream combo.
      The spices just seems to grow and push the sweetness of the fruit away and a very faint metallic note creeps in.
      It seems to change viscosity in your mouth between cream and getting ever so slightly thin?
    • Finish
      86 86
      There is an initial warming hit which then gradually fades away to a spicy finish, I would not call it a long finish more good medium length.

  4. Abadon05 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite interesting and also more complex than expected.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Lots of lemon and coconut. In addition white wine.
      With a little time and a little water a lot of sweet banana is added.
      Somewhat weaker in the background then a honey sweetness, paired with vanilla, cereals and some oak.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very cute. Liquid honey followed by cereals. Some lemon spreads, as well as a spice. There is also milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Blood orange / lemon in the finish. This surprises with a peculiar spice that sticks to the palate. The sweetness also sets, but this spice dominates.

  5. Ninofdram scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Derufus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. whiskytornado scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A great blend. In the price range, it cleans up many a standard single malt. Especially for friends of Springbank and Clynelish this should be an enrichment.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lively sweet and mineral citrus notes, sweet pastries, green apple, beautiful oak tones, lime peel
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very balanced and mild start, citrus fruits, light smoke, mineral notes, slightly dry oak spice, overall nice and sweet and tangy
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite short - but suitable for the alcohol strength, slightly bitter lemon peel and oak tones remain on the palate

  9. Dionysus scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Pretty complex but very nice for a blend whisky.
    Well done Compass Box.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. SRB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

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