Magic Cask Blended Malt Scotch Whisky CB

Overall rating
88.81/100
votes
135
Whiskybase ID
WB150921
Category
Blended Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
03.2020
Casktype
92% First Fill Bourbon, 8% Oloroso Sherry
Number of bottles
5538
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 11.03.20
Barcode
5060632880277
Added on
08 mar 2020 2:03 pm by Osaka
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 193.27

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Whisky reviews for Magic Cask Blended Malt Scotch Whisky CB

30 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.81 points.

  1. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Larry411 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smoked moderately hot peppers, paprika, melted marshmallows, black tea and raspberry tea, cherries, and eucalyptus.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not much sweetness to this one, on the dry side.
    Not worth the purchase price in my view.
    Not bad, just not that good.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    his was a really interesting dram. I loved how the creamy Imperial and heavily sherried young malt combined. It certainly felt as though the sherried malt came through much stronger than the Imperial, though there were some nice pastry notes (or Fruity Pebble cereals) that popped in occasionally. The mouthfeel was a bit light on this, but it was incredibly fragrant and I did enjoy those slightly exotic fruit notes.

    Overall, while I did enjoy the flavor profile and found this to be unique, it was a bit on the thin side and even though the bulk of this (92%) came from Imperial, a ghost distillery, the price point put it above what I would find tempting.
    • Nose
      Saltwater taffy, fruity candies, and subtle florals. Browsing an old-fashioned candy store with watermelon drops, pomegranate licorice, and lemon peel gummies. Perfumed floral and spice notes of rose hips, black pepper, and jujube— almost potpourri-esque. A big bowl of fruity pebbles.
    • Taste
      Light body with a subtle waxy-chalky mouthfeel and crisp floral-fruity profile. Pomegranate Oolong tea, blueberries, rosewater, and watermelon candies all came back around again. On the back end were sugar cookies with sprinkles and a blueberry vanilla buttercream frosted cupcake.
    • Finish
      Medium to shorter finish with fruity tea and sugar cookies

  5. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    This expression got a mixed bag of reviews, and I am wondering why Compass Box did not put more emphasis on the Imperial. Sweet and intriguing, the aroma unfolds with passion fruit, overripe kiwi and pastries. On the palate, oak spices, pineapple and a touch of mint accompany the rich and oily mouthfeel. Fruity, citric and slightly dry notes remain in the finish. My verdict: both taste and finish can't quite keep up with the 'magic' on the nose, but it's definitely a quality dram worth exploring!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS

  6. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Another great product by John Glaser!

  7. lingige scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Batman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Fresh, slightly tart, grips the tongue. Green apples on the nose and palate. Floral. Cedar wood. The Sherried bit adds just a hint of “deeper” cherry sweetness to the profile.

    I don’t need a whisky to blow me away with flavour, and I definitely enjoy more subtle whiskies. But this one seemed a bit on the dull side to me. There’s definitely the start of something interesting but not enough for me here. It’s definitely a whisky I would suggest to beginners. That said, the first whisky that hooked me was not a subtle whisky by any means (Ardbeg Uigeadail! Which sadly is no longer as good as it was 2013 and earlier).

  9. dominikbraun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose starts out very grassy, fresh and floral - almost one-dimensional, until the whiskey opens up after a short time and gains volume. The aroma is enhanced by vanilla sauce, herbs and marzipan and shows an increasingly delicate and complex character.

      I also have the impression that the 4-year-old whiskey from the Oloroso barrel is gradually making itself felt. Even if it only has a share of 8%, there are always hints of ripe stone fruit.

      Add to that dry wood, old-school peat and a hint of walnuts, which probably also come from the Oloroso barrel.

      All in all an elegant, filigree, beautifully old-fashioned and interesting nose of high quality.
    • Taste
      88 88
      On the palate, the whiskey starts with vanilla sauce, herbal tea, fresh and light citrus fruits and orange peel. Then come some candle wax, nutmeg and pepper and apple juice with floral notes. Over time, the whiskey drifts off in a relatively spicy direction with a very light, pleasant chilli heat that is well integrated into the residual taste.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish rounds off this chilli heat with a little ginger, dry fruits and oak. Woody-tart notes remain on the tongue.

  10. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Oha, here it is particularly worthwhile to bring enough time and peace with you! A feast for the nose with great, very delicate but incredibly complex bourbon barrel flavors.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Dominique69 scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Doubt51 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Great

  13. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It is very good on the palate in my opinion, but on the whole it loses pretty much against a good Spice Tree CB actually.
    Not much magic in those casks to be honest.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Yup, a nice nose. Nice, but that is about it. The usual exBC suspects can be traced plus flinty notes, making it somewhat a mix between Clynelish and Glen Elgin from ex-bourbon casks.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Wow, oily, sweet juice of ripe pears with a dash of lemon and everything is doused with honey and very intense. Sounds quite good, doesn't it, but watch out - what happens to those pears?
    • Finish
      85 85
      Ap-pears (ha-ha) much younger now, that stuff! If someone told me this was 8yo bourbon cask-matured Clynelish, I would wholeheartedly agree. Nothing wrong with a young Clynelish every now and then, but come on, shelling out a lot of money for this tasting experience is not really what I want.

  14. Xaccie scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nose: lots of flowers, buttercups, tulips, chrysanthemum, sugar bread. Arrival: quite ashy on the tongue, light citrus, some orange peel. In the development there is sugar bread again, brown sugar, lots of fresh apple, sugar apple, and fresh green tea leaves. The finish is quite fresh and light as well. There is not a lot of evolution between arrival and finish - it is pleasant, but not very dynamic. Lovely dram though.

  15. Wolf68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. Charly5 scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Great Dram, the young sherried perfectly match the older Imperial, that' s great blending!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  17. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      creamy, grassy, floral, malty, vanilla, sweet
      Pear and apple a touch of mango, marzipan, birch water, a delicate mineral touch - fine peat mined with warmth and patience - just as I like it very much in Imperials
    • Taste
      89 89
      Vanilla, malt, floral oak aromas and vanilla-laden pudding notes - very creamy and sweet - in the background there is always a subtle, well-interwoven fruitiness (more like compote) with a lot of rose water and amaretto - again with a subtle influence of smoke - not so easy to discover because very well integrated with citrus aromas, degraded and already very floral through maturation
    • Finish
      88 88
      warm - tickling - lively continuation of the palate without offering anything new - almost medium-long

  19. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Interesting bottling, the nose promises a lot, but unfortunately the taste can't quite keep up. Still great whiskey that knows how to please.

    Whether it would not have made more sense to fill the Imperial as a single barrel and omit this 'Magic Cask' image is of course open to debate. Whether this Cask (probably refers to this Oloroso Cask with 8% title?) Was really 'magic', probably only the people at Compass Box know. But I somehow dare to doubt it, as clearly as the tiger on the label, nothing magical jumped at me.

    By the way: The label is very bizarre, but I think that's pretty cool! You don't see it every day.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Juicy! Juicy light fruits and wonderful citrus notes. Pleasant, almost creamy and yet slightly dry vanilla, behind which there are delicate spicy notes. Almost waxy. The juicy citrus fruits remain present. In addition, slightly dry spices and a little dusty wood. Also something in the direction of dry cocoa or dry nut notes.

      The aroma is great! Playful and intense.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Light wood, slightly spicy, delicate vanilla note, slightly nutty. The juicy citrus notes remain, but swing in a harsher direction. Lemon zest. The slight waxiness can still be felt. After a while, tart herbal notes appear, the wood becomes a bit musty and delicately bitter. Unfortunately, the longer you keep it in your mouth, the more it breaks down. Overall still tasty.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Tart, fairly dry, a slight tendency towards bitterness. A little too much to pass as balanced. Dry nuts / nutshells. The light vanilla remains, just as slightly tart citrus notes.

  20. arobot scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    92 % First Fill Bourbon Barrel (The Imperial Distillery)

    8 % First Fill Oloroso-Seasoned Butt (Distillery near the town of Aberlour)

  21. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. SRB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  24. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The experiment definitely works best on the nose, which I found extremely alluring. What happens on the palate and in the finish leaves me dubious as to whether it's a good idea to blend old and very young whiskies together in this manner.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lovely well-matured ex-bourbon-cask aromas: creamy, floral, and richly honeyed. If I had to guess, I'd say that the Imperial that has gone into this must have been at least twenty years old (feels more like 25). The small, super-young ex-Oloroso portion not only provides additional nuttiness and wine-gum-like red fruitiness but also, in places, an alcoholic freshness that I'm not sure this really needed. A bit incongruous, but fascinating.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very fruity and grassy, with plenty of sweetness in an oily and rich texture and – in the last third – a good deal of spicy and savory flavors that hint at the first-fill sherry butts used to round this off. Pastel de nata, lemon meringue, cinnamon sticks, spiced orange. Here, too, there's a clash, as the creamy, buttery-soft first-fill-bourbon components are up against the clearly noticeable alcoholic heat of the sherried parts.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Curiously, it seems to me that the younger components of hamper the older ones most at this point. I still get some of the typical ex-bc flavors that I had expected, but the "retrospective mouthfeel" (or whatever else might be the correct term for what's left when it's gone) is young, hollowly boozy and mildly hot.

  26. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      strawberry chewing gum (after ventilation)
      white chocolate
      floral
      vanilla pudding
      walnut
    • Taste
      90 90
      pepper
      sherry
      honey
      mushroom
    • Finish
      91 91
      medium short and dry pepper.

  27. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Oh that nose is great, reminds me of a potpourri (but in a good way, not a grandmas bathroom kinda way), cinnamon and clove. The mouthfeel/entry are luscious. The flavors remind me a of a spicecake, with vanilla ice cream and poached peaches.
    • Nose
      Citrus, cinnamon, clove, malt, vanilla, apple
    • Taste
      Lucious mouthfeel, warm vanilla cream, spicecake, malt, touch of brine, stonefruit
    • Finish
      Oak, lingering clove and cinnamon with sweet vanilla and peaches

  28. JungleDram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. Expraesi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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