Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry, French Oak
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Jul 2021 4:59 pm by Tauti

Average value

€ 43.64

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55 × member ratings

176 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Orchard House CB

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.02 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly good for its (young) age and (low) price.

    By the way, this is the age ratio:
    Benrinnes - 8 y.o.
    Linkwood - 8 y.o.
    Clynelish - 8 y.o.
    Distillery near the town of Aberlour - 6 y.o.
    Highland Malt Blend - 10 y.o.
    Caol Ila - 8 y.o.

    [Weighted arithmetic mean: 7,88 years.]
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fragrantly floral and fruity, with a soft waxiness (thanks to Clynelish and Benrinnes) and lovely wood notes. The fruits come across as "young" (mainly grape, pear, and peach), but are well integrated with some oily spirit, sweet ex-bourbon aromas, and a slightly savory side. The minuscule amount of Caol Ila provides a briny / saline / maritime backdrop without ever translating into any actual smokiness. Buttery soft with zero alcohol in the nose. Honeyed and rich. Excellent cask quality.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Surprisingly deep and textured, with a great balance of sweetness, fruity acidity, and oak spice. Again, no "boozy", alcoholic impression; the first-fill bourbon wood has done its job well and filtered out any rough edges in a short amount of time. This may not have worked with other distillates, but the Clynelish/Benrinnes/Caol Ila combination really comes through with a nice mouthfeel and way more character than your standard 10-12-year-old Speysider. I'm no Linkwood expert, but there's also a faintly herbal/earthy/rooty impression that it might be responsible for. Tasty, fun, and unboring to drink.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, especially when you take age into account. Honeyed, malty and fruity, with immaculate oak influence and a puff of smoke to round things off and prolong the experience. At times I'm unsure if there's just a whiff of more "neutral" alcohol in the finish, but the impression comes and goes, so I'm detracting no more than a point here.

  2. Latituder scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Reminds me a lot of WID 163232. No wonder, since the main ingredient is Linkwood (39%):

    Benrinnes - First Fill Bourbon Barrel 20.0%
    Linkwood - First Fill Bourbon Barrel 39.0%
    Clynelish - First Fill Bourbon Barrel 29.0%
    Distillery near the town of Aberlour - Revatted Oloroso Sherry Seasoned Butt 8.0%
    Highland Malt Blend - Own French Oak Barrel - Heavy Toast 2.0%
    Caol Ila - First Fill Bourbon Barrel 2.0%

    The name says it all: very nice light fruit notes. Vineyard peaches, pears, pineapples, apples. In addition, delicious grain notes. Oatmeal, muesli. Uncomplicated, perfect strength.

    Right away, worth 88 points for me. A bargain for the price (40 €). Easy drinking summer whiskey.

  3. Captain Teague scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Compass box:

    N: Grappa, wood, burnt sugar, apple-mint, hey, Burnt wood in the back, slight seaspray, hints of vanilla

    T: Waxy, ( hello Sutherland)..Apple Juice, sweet grappa, apple mint , slight salt, burnt sugar

    F/D: Milky slight vanilla, Beeswax, slight pepper, apple mint, some ash...and burnt wood. (Medium)

    Overall not complex but Great Balance and consistency..a great offer no matter if you're new to whisky or a maniac.

  4. Malthead19 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: straw / white wine

    - the alcohol is still clearly present and not full
    involved, quite complex and according to the nose
    presumably it will also be a great whiskey in 5 - 10 years - but now, in my opinion, it will be bottled too early,
    - for 40 € not very expensive, but there is clearly
    better ones
    • Nose
      Nice fresh flowery nose, some smoke in the background, citrus, vanilla, young but already quite complex
    • Taste
      Strong, spicy start, clear oak aromas, spice, much stronger than the smell suggests, behind the still quite dominant alcohol, the vanilla and citrus aromas come to the fore, water is also good for him at 46%
    • Finish
      medium-long, strong, spicy finish;
      medium-long spicy aftertaste

  5. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Fabian scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Great weather from CB and that for such a price!

  10. Nazin scored this whisky 65 points Member Senior

    Nose is pretty good, fruity, floral, young, pears, grapes, vanilla, slightly saltiness and maritime. Taste is unpleasant. Lot of wood, bitter, burned sugar. Finish is bitter, acidy, not pleasant.


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