Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Refill Sherry, Recharred American Oak
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
28 Aug 2019 1:59 pm

Average value

€ 130.58

39 × in wishlist

89 × member ratings

317 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for No Name N° 2 CB

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.08 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Complex, Intriguing and Absolutely Fabulous

    While the No Name 1 was pretty much peat in your face Ardbeg, this No Name 2 is somewhat more delicate, but no less interesting. Au contraire, I’d say. The recipe consists of 75.5% Caol Ila, 10.5% Talisker, 13.5% Clynelish and 0.5% of their own Highland Blend. The result is this outstanding, surprisingly pale, blended malt.

    Delicious nose on sea breeze, walnuts, mashed potatoes, stock fish, vanilla, honey, oyster sap, new bicycle tires, melon and sugar candy. OMG! And the peat? That is so discrete that it barely registers on the nose. A hint of smoke in the distance, that’s it. Complex, intriguing and absolutely fabulous. But that’s just me.

    It starts off a bit dry with lots of ashes, soot, ship’s ropes and even some plastic bags before the melon and banana can show themselves. Some black pepper and liquorice. Honey, vanilla and some Haribo bears follow suit, although they struggle to get past the smokescreen. Yes, it’s true, the peat is much more outspoken on the palate.

    Caol Ila takes a bow and then steps back, giving the Talisker a little nudge, which in turn smiles somewhat shy and says it’s a team effort. Touched to tears, the Clynelish looks on. Great finish.

    What a top whisky! Completely different from the No Name 1, it is true. But where the No Name makes me a happy camper for a dram or two, this No Name 2 can accompany me all night long. Such and ‘enjoy-whisky’! Around 120 EUR. Worth every penny.

  2. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This expression is comprised mostly of refill Sherry butt-matured Caol Ila, and Talisker aged in re-charred American oak hogsheads, as well as ‘old’ malt whisky from Clynelish that’s also been matured in hogsheads, with a proprietary Highland malt blend finished in new French oak.

  3. Dominic did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Thanks for the beautiful sample Rudi :-)
    • Nose
      Light caramel, sugar syrup, pineapple, peach, lychee, honey and dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Walnuts, freshly baked bread crust, light ash, Bruges butter, BBQ smoke, hard-fried steak, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Due to its ashy character, it covers the rest of the flavor.

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Bless John Glaser’s heart he has really brought some attention to the art of blending in the last decade. His recipe is simple enough; take one part peaty, one part coastal, or inland (of quality) and don’t take the piss out of the consumer. On top of that add some new age marketing: BOOM, business success. The best ideas are so simple after all.

    All that said and I prefer the no name #1. It only comes down to preference, because both are great blends.

    No name 1 : tarry, lemon, custard, creamy

    No name 2 : coastal, oysters, lemon, brine

  5. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I find this far more balanced and palatable than No Name #1
    • Nose
      Honied peat, mild ash, lemon, sugar, oak. Very rich and complex.
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival. Spice, ash, sweet peat, and honey. Faint vegetal note. Rich, sweat, and mildly peaty.
    • Finish
      Long with billowing spice and sugary peat.

  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Opeth83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nr 1 was much better.

  8. the_muskox scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    It’s a completely different whisky from its predecessor, so I have to evaluate it as such. I think this can stand alone as a really nice peaty whisky. The nose was probably my favourite part. The palate was a little bit too ashy and bitter at first, but it mostly eased up. Keep in mind that this was maybe the first pour of the bottle, so it would probably significantly improve with more air.
    It’s not as good as the original. The Caol Ila component works, but just isn’t as compelling as Ardbeg. If it was that that sold you on No Name #1, this probably won’t hit the same spots for you. Still pretty tasty.

    Nose: The swap of Caol Ila for Ardbeg is immediately obvious. There’s sweet, clean smoke up front, with fresh green fruit (melon, apple). Some fresh horseradish, seaweed, and salt. There’s some richness and spice to the smoke, coming across at first as chipotle note, then later as cinnamon. A malty flavour comes in with time, bringing to mind fresh cinnamon buns, maybe topped with cream cheese frosting. That flavour ramps up into actual cheese as the whisky rests. Some more sweet fruit emerges as well: some green grapes and sugared raisins.

    Palate: Medium texture. A bit of a waxy Clynelish-y arrival, with paraffin, cheese, and salt, then quickly developing to bonfire and peat smoke with various fruits mixed in. Things get quite toasty in here, with some ashy flavours, oak, and toasted dark rye bread. The heavier smoke parts to reveal some coconut, mild mocha, and more fruit.

    Finish: Medium length. Starts ashy, but then sweetens up into tart green fruit and honey. Green apples, banana, and lemon. Some lingering peppery spice, and a thin dusting of ash.

  9. SingleMaltSamples scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice balance between Caol Ila and Talisker. Tasty pepper from Talisker. Beautiful. Well overpriced ......
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86


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