Menagerie Blended Malt CB

Overall rating
87.56/100
votes
157
Whiskybase ID
WB177416
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
01.2021
Number of bottles
7741
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5060632880451
Added on
17 feb 2021 9:40 pm by Likudi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 113.30

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Whisky reviews for Menagerie Blended Malt CB

36 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.56 points.

  1. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty and interesting, finally a Compass Box-Edition again that is really worth the money!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very balanced, creme brulee by the campfire, vanilla and apricot bag with a glass of limoncello and cinnamon waffles - not a completely unsavory conglomerate.
    • Taste
      90 90
      First of all a clear smokiness, a piece of thermo spruce in the fire, the supple oily with honey is present with ripe lemons and salt spray. After a while, sweeter pastry notes and grapefruit fillets with pink pepper to announce the finale.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Balanced and yet still alive for a while, the great variety of flavors remains.

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  3. ThePeatyBlinders scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      A subtle smoked orchard, more towards ripe apples and pineapple, including a balancing waxiness and wonderfully settled wood tones. A mixture that can take you through the whole evening.

      But be careful: the first 2-3 drams were rather closed.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruity with clear herbal notes. Thyme and a little lavender. The Laphroaig hints on the tongue but never dominates. Umami on the palate. Probably through the Mortlach.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Herbs and a fine aftertaste of a smoked baked apple linger for a long time.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very successful blend. He's certainly of some age. Great fruit, wax and leather notes. Slightly dusty oak. And the Laphroaig adds good smoke to it. It wasn't smoky on the nose yet. In the aroma then already. Very good dram.

  5. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super Administrator

    The concept of Menagerie is 'different species of whiskies brought together', with 42.7% of Mortlach serving as the base. Smoked pineapple, mango and ginger candies form the nose, and I am glad they did not let the Laphroaig out of its cage. Whiffs of smoke, herbal teas and summer meadows emerge. On the palate, exotic fruits, peppery spices and hints of peat mix with eucalyptus, green apples and cloves. Measured oak, lemon and roasted nuts sparkle in the lasting finish. There is a lot to discover in this zoo, given that you can afford the admission fee.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. springtank scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. milkbonez scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Shoulder pour, open one month. No water added. Only complaint is it needs to be higher ABV!

    If you enjoy "balanced" whisky, this is it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Can smell some age on this for it being ex-bourbon. As such, you get a nice slightly smoky rich honey, caramel, and orchard fruits. It sounds simple and pedestrian for a whisky in this price point but it's actually quite nice. Perfumey vanilla as it opens up more.Nice smell of oak/wood, too.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Starts off very sweet and honeyed. Quick and short bite of lemon peel, but then into the sweet and floral fruitiness and savoriness provided by the smoke. They set out for a range of flavors and I'd say they accomplished it. Lemon fruit/basil/thyme sort of thing, very gentle smoke, yes you can easily not find the smoke. There is a distinct apple, but it's not apple, I suppose this what quince tastes like? Maybe pear but not a super sweet pear. A nice bouquet of fruit and flowers, with a tinge of savoriness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Mushroom/onion sort of thing after the sweetness of the palate, nice lingering oak, and the softest of smoke. Bit of fruit still persisting but not overly so, and vanilla as well.

  8. sphinx scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. WhiskyWitold scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Johnny_Starkiller scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  11. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. HYTTTTTT scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The smell is excellent, the taste is rich and changeable, but the layering is a little worse, and it is an excellent product at this price.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smells sweet, ripe fruit, candied fruit, mango, tangerine. A touch of peat.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The entrance is sweet tropical fruit mixed with a hint of floral. A little peat, cream, then spices, pepper, dry wood, cinnamon, the smoky flavor is evident, kind of like simmered bacon. The sweetness of the fruit runs throughout, with a strong sense of oil and a touch of alcohol.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The sweetness of the fruit is mainly accompanied by spices such as cardamom

  14. wndayy scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Compass box's menagerie gives me a feeling of being in the forest. Oak, grass and moss are fresh - unique peat - rich fruit and honey are sweet - roasted malt.surprise, comfortable and fun!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat with spices, ripe fruit aromas, slightly oak with orange peel and malt aromas
    • Taste
      89 89
      It's wonderful. The oak matches with the smell of grass and moss. The rich fruit honey is sweet and comfortable, the smoke black pepper and leather slowly appear.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Unique peat taste! The peat is slightly spicy and slowly turns into a soft oak moss flavor, followed by a slightly sweet mango flavor and a dry malt flavor.

  15. Ash1987 scored this whisky 98 points Member Junior

    One of my favourite bottles to date, just emptied the bottle, and wanting to buy another.

  16. the_muskox scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Just excellent. The components work so well together, you get all the richness of the Mortlach, the floral character of Glen Elgin, and that particular Laphroaig peat smoke. It reminds me more of the very old Laphroaigs I’ve been lucky to try, where the peat gets more soft and herbal while retaining its medicinal punch. It’s very Compass Box-y in its fragrant and waxy style, so if you’re a fan of their other bottlings you’ll definitely enjoy this.
    • Nose
      Very waxy – vanilla- and sandalwood-scented candles. Juicy fruit notes of mango, nectarine, clementine, and baked apple. Sort of a spiced meaty undercurrent – the official notes list salami, and oddly enough attribute that flavour to the Deanston component. It’s in there – sort of a musty savoury meaty flavour. Pillowy rich sweet notes of white chocolate, brioche, and brown sugar creamed into butter. Softly salty and earthy. A hint of something perfumed, maybe dried basil.
    • Taste
      Full texture. Arrives waxy, floral, and filled with crisp orchard fruit. Tropical and slightly tart. Even slightly salty. Gentle smoked tea and charred oak on the development. Soft peat, but it’s definitely Laphroaig. Iodine, bandages, and burnt marshmallows. Fragrant sandalwood, nutmeg, and pressed flowers. Burning oily birch bark or a distant struck match. A hint of spruce.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Fragrant earl grey. Basil and lemongrass. Mango and pear. Rich malt and clover honey. More spice – allspice, nutmeg, and cardamom. Slightly savoury – dried tomato? Spruce. Lingering spice. Charred wood. Hot cocoa.

  17. thespiritofbeaumont did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Caramel, light spice, leather, dried fruits, chocolate and vanilla on the nose (16)
    Complex, mouthwatering creaminess, vanilla, baking spices, chocolate with an oily mouthfeel (20)
    Short finish of autumnal flavours and a spicy grassiness. Lovely (19)
    Overall, nice, lovely palate in contrast to the nose but too short a finish (18)

  18. JBKwb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  19. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  20. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    N : Spicy. Cinnamon, fruit salad loaded with oranges and kiwis, custard and floral scents. Quite a florist's shop in fact. It keeps changing, complex but disorganized. Resinous at times, with that very light peat coming through. The spices are dominant (ginger), sometimes overtaking the rest, but they give a lot of brightness to the nose.

    M : Fresh first, and way less spices hourra ! Then quite animal, but a stuffed animal : a bit musky, meaty, a burning log reminding there's some Laphroaig there, loads of rice pudding. The floral and fruity aspects are relegated far back.

    F : Medium. On track with the mouth, except we're back with a little cinnamon and sichuan pepper (same little anaesthetic feeling on the tip of the tongue), some freshness (mint) too. Leaves a light ash taste.

    It's a nice trip, I like the fact that the nose and mouth are quite distinct. The spices are a bit too much on the nose for my taste though (hello Deanston), then the palate cannot replicate the complexity. But it's nicely straightforward. 7/10

  21. kcloo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  22. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Peat, cinnamon, kaki, vanilla and apple.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Ashy peat, HP-style. Tobacco, vanilla cookie and apple.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, tobacco, vanilla shortbread and caramel.

  23. jkswift scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Larry411 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This tastes like animals at a banquet in an orchard, with some dancing and others relaxing on soft oversized pillows surrounded by freshly picked flowers.

    I am completely surprised by this. The nose is solid, but the palate and finish are where this shines.

    Note: I let this sit over an hour as it smelled closed off at first.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first: 85, then letting it breathe: 88.

      Fruits, animal hide, flowers, and a small amount of blood.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dancing flavours coming in and out all over the place: at least 3 different kinds of nuts, orchard fruits, wax on animal hides, burnt vanilla ice cream, scattered flowers.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The palate's notes continue, with Laphroaig's medicinal peat showing up late to the party (like at 5ppm), gently, unobtrusively, like a band-aid on an injured animal, which is fitting as at the very end, some blood shows up. I suppose a few of the animals had a bit too much fun.

  25. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Boasts an overachiever nose that almost justifies the price, but the taste is more uneven.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The older components are apparent on the nose with a well-oaked, savory/meaty aspect (the Mortlach) followed by a smoky/dirty/medicinal harbor-water impression (the Laphroaig). Perhaps some faint refill sherry nuts & fruits in the background, but other than that, it's all ex-bc aromas with a good balance of sweetness and spice. No alcoholic nip in the nose whatsoever, super round and smooth. At first I was unsure about the peated aspect on the nose, but after I while I realized it actually makes the whisky appear a bit older than it actually is (fun fact: its weighted arithmetic mean is a mere 15,24 years of age).
    • Taste
      86 86
      Laphroaig and oak spice in the lead. Then a nicely dense and oily mouthfeel and a good deal of sweetness. Boiled apple and herbal honey. Ends more on earthy and twiggy/sappy notes. Not as complex and layered as the nose; the briny peat and peppery oak ultimately dominate the other aspects.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pretty long, thanks to the smoke, but it also drowns out some of the more subtle flavors and ends up making the finish rather simple. A lot of pickled ginger, and a bit of salt and citrus here as well.

  27. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a nice floral, vanilla, malt, toasted marshmallow blend, pepper and oak balance the sweet side nicely.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet burnt sugars, floral, vanilla milkshake, malt, whisp of peat and cinnamon
    • Taste
      87 87
      Vanillas, light, creamy, charred marshmellow, easy drinking, oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      White pepper, still vanilla milkshake esq, the oak is lightly drying, tropical fruits emerge after all is said and done.

  28. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  29. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A little smoky and full of yellow fruits and berries, a cocktail.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Melon, yellow apple, pear and dried apricot, custard. A little smoke, which, unfortunately, seemed to me damp, basement.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is sweet, melon and even a little banana, yellow apple, watery, smoky.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet, fruity, not long-lasting.

  30. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  31. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  32. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  33. AnnEm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Composition:
    42.6% Mortlach 18y.o. (Recharred barrel)
    14.6% Deanston 14y.o. (Refill Hogshead)
    2.5% Deanston 17y.o. (Refill Sherry-Seasoned Butt)
    13.1% Glen Elgin 11y.o. (Recharred barrel)
    5% Glen Elgin 20y.o. (Refill Sherry-Seasoned Butt)
    5.4% Laphroaig 15y.o. (Recharred Hogshead)
    16.8% Highland Malt Blend 11y.o. (Custom French Oak Barrel)

    Direct hit! It is pleasantly mild (maybe it just seems to me that way after all the sixty percent of the last time), but in terms of aroma it is really broad and also goes great with its intense, light fruitiness, elegant refill sherry flavor with a very gentle peat kick into the deep. Everything comes together wonderfully, looks lively and offers a lot of variety. I have already tried a few of the Compass Boxes, this one meets my taste best so far.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rice pudding with cinnamon. Creamy ice cream with pieces of fruit: peach, strawberry. Cherry syrup. Everything pleasantly sweet. In addition, primarily beautiful, velvety vanilla barrel notes; the warm, darker flavor of the European barrels is discreetly in the background, I think my association with milk coffee still belongs to these barrels. When I rub the malt in my hands, I also have the medicinal peat from the 5% Laphroaig. I didn't even notice them on the first nose in the glass. And then I have sun-dried straw and the flavorful herb honey, as I know it from Deanston. Also some beeswax, very fine! With its 46% it has a very mild effect. In the second nose I also have a few crisp, dry Fino-Sherry notes.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Light fruity and now noticeably medically peaty. Cool mouthfeel. It is made of material with straw (I really like that). And then an almost tropical, juicy fruitiness is in the foreground. I would say fully ripe honeydew melon and papaya. This also holds up very nicely and is framed by some milk coffee and dark chocolate with candied cherry pieces.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Mildly fruity and increasingly spicy wood with a good load of candied ginger and red and black pepper (which are not spicy). This pepperiness is offset by fine toasted notes, new leather and a little beeswax. From sip to sip, it gains vanilla-light fruity intensity and a hint of tar lingers on the tongue for a medium length of time.

  34. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Spices, resinous, bark, walnut, a bit of citrus peel, dried malt, cinnamon, unripe green apple, butter. Then grass, slightly floral, more and more green apple. Slightly salted and smoked citrus peel.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Green apple juice with peel, got a bit richer after seconds. Green grapes. Grass, anise, pepper, honey green tea and a bit of toffee towards the end.
    • Finish
      87 87
      fresh peat air bomb explodes, pepper, hay, tannin. Vanilla in about 10s. Vegetative/moss peat if you inhale now, not obvious. Woody bitterness at the end.

  35. Xaccie scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Nose: citrus, satsuma, candy, hint of peat, hint of green apple. Arrival is pleasant and fruity, with banana getting dominant throughout the development. Strong, dry, woody to the finish, slightly filming, fatty, grilled meat, then very very dry, musky and ashy in the aftertaste.

  36. Wolf68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  37. zaphod155 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Strong, but still harmonious. Sweet, but also spicy. Creamy and dry at the same time. If the spiciness weren't too dominant for me in the end, this whiskey would have my unlimited enthusiasm.
    • Nose
      Light, slightly tart berry fruits. Glucose sweetness and a hint of yeast dough. A little vanilla and very subdued smoke tones. Then it gets spicier and roasted coffee beans come through. More light fruits appear.
    • Taste
      Fruity sweetness, then honey and a soft, but still distinct sharpness. Oak seasoning. Dry creaminess. Then suddenly the smoke emerges from the background. The sweetness and the flavor are in balance.
    • Finish
      The creamy, dry mouthfeel with a warming spiciness stays in the mouth for a long time and brings a little dark chocolate at the very end.

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