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No Name N° 2 CB

Overall rating
87.14/100
votes
113
Whiskybase ID
WB137939
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2019
Casktype
Refill Sherry, Recharred American Oak
Number of bottles
8802
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5060632880000
Added on
28 aug 2019 1:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 179.24

49 × in wishlist

113 × member ratings

412 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for No Name N° 2 CB

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.14 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. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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 Senior

    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. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky 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

  11. RedLove scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Abv: 48.9%
    Colour: straw

    Nose: coastal, sweet smoke, citrus/oranges

    Taste: black pepper, green apple peel, some oranges and plenty of lemons! smoke, coastal brine with an underlying sweetness the whole way through and a drying medium-long finish

  12. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Well, this is simply the smell of a blend with Talisker, Clynelish and Caol Ila.

      Citrus, green apple, wax, smoke, but also something sweet like caramel or caster sugar.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smoke, peat, red fruit and caramel. Baster sugar with green apple, wax and more smoke.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Green apple, wax, salty, caramel with caster sugar, wood, smoke and peat. Don't forget the pepper, which travels through your mouth along with the sour fruity taste after you've finished your sip.

  13. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity peat. Apple, but especially pear, apricot, white grape, plum, and a zest of lemon. Comicia pear, very juicy, just ripe, the juice is licked off the fingers. Fine, grainy smoke. Charcoal, fairly strong iodine. The tide, the sea air. The foam. Pinch of salt. Wet sand, heather. Light pastry side, vanilla, salted butter macaroon, almond powder.
    Very fruity in the mouth again, more on vanilla and salted butter, pecans, cashews, dates, delicately sprinkled spices, white pepper, sage, chives. Milk chocolate finish, varnished mahogany wood, Armenian paper, earthy aftertaste. Coconut with its shell.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/09/no-name-n2.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  16. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. galg33 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: The nose is immediately smoky and sooty, with a nice sweet touch as well , some dried fruit, maybe some cherries and a hint prune as well. The smoke is sweet and although we’re talking mostly Caol Ila, there’s no medicinal side to it, it’s mostly about wood smoke, and some ash, with the Clynelish adding a waxy touch to it. Enticing and complex, with a touch of blood orange on top of icing sugar, and oak.

    Palate: The mouth feel is great too, at under 50 % it’s easy on the palate, while feeling complex enough : The notes from the nose are here too, sweet smoke, cured meat, a bit salty at times, and full of chimney smoke and the right amount of ash. The Sweet fruit (be it cherries, or ripe berries) are here as well adding a lovely touch as well to the thick bonfire smoke, getting drier towards the end.

    Finish: salt, ash, traces of red fruit, sea-spray, with some more wax and wood.

    Conclusion: Another cracking blended malt from Compass Box. This is very different than the first edition, but is just as good, IMHO. Lovely sherry influence here this time with the Talisker and Clynelish adding layers of complexity. Well played.

  18. galg33 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: The nose is immediately smoky and sooty, with a nice sweet touch as well , some dried fruit, maybe some cherries and a hint prune as well. The smoke is sweet and although we’re talking mostly Caol Ila, there’s no medicinal side to it, it’s mostly about wood smoke, and some ash, with the Clynelish adding a waxy touch to it. Enticing and complex, with a touch of blood orange on top of icing sugar, and oak.

    Palate: The mouth feel is great too, at under 50 % it’s easy on the palate, while feeling complex enough : The notes from the nose are here too, sweet smoke, cured meat, a bit salty at times, and full of chimney smoke and the right amount of ash. The Sweet fruit (be it cherries, or ripe berries) are here as well adding a lovely touch as well to the thick bonfire smoke, getting drier towards the end.

    Finish: salt, ash, traces of red fruit, sea-spray, with some more wax and wood.

    Conclusion: Another cracking blended malt from Compass Box. This is very different than the first edition, but is just as good, IMHO. Lovely sherry influence here this time with the Talisker and Clynelish adding layers of complexity. Well played.

  19. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Basically a minimally modified, teenaged Caol Ila diluted down to a comfortable drinking strength.

    The exact recipe is:

    75.5% Caol Ila (14 y.o.) from refill sherry butts
    10.5% Talisker (11 y.o.) from rejuvenated hogsheads
    13.5% Clynelish (17 y.o.) from rejuvenated hogsheads
    0.5% Highland Malt Blend (10 y.o.) finished in new French oak barrels

    Aggregate age: 14.25 years
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dried herbs and olive brine up front, with that slightly sour tang that Caol Ila typically displays. The peat smoke is pretty mellow, which shows that the Caol Ila component boasts a respectable age. Very spirit-driven and malt-centric, with a lot of dough/bread/pastry associations and minimal cask influence (I get none of the expected refill sherry notes – perhaps a faint idea of redcurrant?). Once the sensory apparatus has acclimated to the overall olfactory impression and the liquid has been left to breathe for a bit, it becomes increasingly maritime and salty, with beautiful notes of sea breeze and saltwater. A farmy touch comes through occasionally.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lovely sweetness and immaculate saline character. Has a nice acidic kick to it as well, like a rock oyster with a splash of lemon. The Clynelish component is a godsend on the palate, lending texture and body. Not overly complex, but straight-up delicious.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The herbs and olives are back, big time. Absolutely no fruits though, apart from the aforementioned lemon juice.

  20. Gil firth scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Coastal. Lovel caol ila notes. Lemon, maritime, citrus, salin! Good blended malt but for me come up short after the 1 and 3.

  21. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    Smooth, well-balanced hammer.
    Balance 22
    Total 88
    • Nose
      Nose: citrus and ash - Caol Ila, full predominance of Silt, slightly mineral and creamy 22
    • Taste
      Flavor: crème brulee, butter cream, whipped cream, lemon zest pie, mint, white pepper 23
    • Finish
      Finish: long lasting, ash, salty and fresh (mint) 22

  22. marcusjang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I mean, it doesn't have the same key malt as the first one - which is understandable, but that doesn't necessarily mean this one is inferior. Well, maybe a little bit.

    With the addition of Talisker I have more maritime notes in the glass. Also the waxiness from the highlander also shines a bit more in the absence of the pungent souther Islay smoke. There is a lot to like about this, but do not expect the same as the first one.
    • Nose
      Floral, grilled pineapples, coastal air, orange peel, lemon flesh, moderate peat smoke
    • Taste
      Unsweetened key lime pie, lemon peel, slightly waxy, oily texture, slight vegetal peat, slightly acrid
    • Finish
      Roasted barley, ashy, sea spray, slightly waxy, fairly long, cacao nibs, residual fruits, slight mineral

  23. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    High-quality blended malt, which does the individual distilleries justice, nothing earth-shattering, but a beautifully composed sea blend.
    • Nose
      Short bread, vanilla, almonds, light herbal honey, compared to N ° 1 much more subtle incense stick smoke, pecans, a little salt
    • Taste
      Here again clear smoke from the beginning, but oily, concentrated, followed by chestnut, zucchini, fennel, capers, olives, vanilla, algae, short bread, macadamia, blossoms, marzipan, pear
    • Finish
      Algae chips, almonds, vanilla, capers, tick green apple, medium length

  24. nickhildebrand scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    This is one of the best whisky's I have ever tasted. I have only one word: AMAZING

  25. Xaccie scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Nose: extremely strong red fruitbomb in the nose. Overripe strawberries, overripe pear. Arrival is harsh, even after several hours in the glass. With a few drops of water, it is more accessible. Walnut, apricot, dry fruits in the devlopment.
    Leathery, tobacco, rubber and dry meat in the finish.

  26. Wolf68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  27. swk27844 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Aroma is dry, minerally, chalky banana chips at first, but quickly opens to honied fruits, smoke and fresh pastries showing a lovely malty profile underpinning it all; Palate hits with honey and smoke with a malt kicker followed by sweeter dessert and fruit notes with a coastal profile weaving through; Finish takes a turn for the sweet with fruit and candy notes fading out into the smoke.

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