Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch Whisky CB

Overall rating
Blended Grain
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Production
1st Fill American Oak Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Jun 2011 7:17 am

Average value

€ 79,45

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Whisky Reviews for Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch Whisky CB

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.33 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Liquid dessert in a glass. Liqueur-like, luscious and lovely, as befits its name. Also a nice dram to win over folks who usually aren't that much into whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A bit bourbon-like with a soft glue note and a massive dose of vanillin. Super soft , sweet, and creamy. Coconut sweets, custard and brown sugar. There's definitely older stuff in here as well, but its presence is not announced by any vulgar wood notes. Really rounded and polished, like a perfectly smooth pebble at the beach.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet again, with white chocolate, mint, guava and pineapple. Some soft pepper in the back. Given the strength, outstanding viscosity and silky texture.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Alas, the weak spot, as was to be expected. There's nothing bad here, but neither is there anything positive that stands out. The grain leaves a certain unmistakable hollowness that lingers in the throat.

  2. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  3. GJR scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Very nice, straight-forward grain with the typical notes, no more and no less.
    • Nose
      As expected with Grain very, very sweet, lots of honey, nougat, some hazelnut and peanut, buttered, vanilla, some cocooned oak chips, white pepper
    • Taste
      Coconut, Sezchuan pepper, thyme, crispy caramel pieces, freshly marshmallows, some ginger
    • Finish
      Coconut, toasted bread, a little rye, pepper, medium-long

  5. dram_on scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Time to move on now that I've tried a grain-based whisky. The bottle did marginally improve as it oxidized with the biggest improvement coming in when the fill level was at about 1/4-1/3 left ... 

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    I previously tried two versions of Hedonism, the blended grain that is composed (at least, that’s what I’ve been told) with Cameronbrigde and Cambus single grains. The first was the regular Hedonism from 2009 (of which the one I will try today is simply the new batch) and the Quindecimus at a slightly higher ABV. Let’s see if the current version pleases as well. Someone whispered into my ear that all single grains used for this batch are between 12 and 29 years old and matured on first fill American barrels.

    On the nose, the first thing that comes to mind is bourbon – that is not very surprising, of course. Some creamy, sweetened butter and vanilla, some corn on the BBQ and a feistly little red pepper. Coconut is not lacking either.

    The arrival is silky soft and creamy on sweet malt, coconut and pepper – good continuation fo the nose. The spices are a bit louder than on the nose.

    The finish is short and sweet (literally and metaphorically) on ginger and coconut.

    While Compass Box had an ironclad reputation for creating fantastic whisky’s, I find this one – while certainly not bad – rather ordinary. Nothing wrong with it, but not special either.

  7. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Decent enough, but the price seems a bit steep.
    • Nose
      Quite a full bodied bouquet - not what you would expect from a grain.
    • Taste
      A decent tasting whisky with plenty to savour.
    • Finish
      Long, a little sharp at first and then a lingering warmth.

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N- Steamed rice, bell pepper, crushed pepper with some vanilla sniff thru. Fresh grass, custard and fragrant in a good way.

    P- Orange, strawberry, fresh white grapes juice. Leafy, spicy smokes and tobacco emerge from somewhere,

    F- Long, orange peel extract, honey. Fresh and tart tannin mouth feel.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Either my own senses let me down or I bought a bottle containing something very different from what I tasted at the fair. This stuff was not to my liking.
    • Nose
      Vanilla. Creamy vanilla by the pound. Then some popcorn oil and a bouquet of perfume notes so present they probably turn off anyone who dislikes perfume notes in whisky. Neapolitan wafers. Canned peach juice. Roasted peanuts? The alcohol note smells like taking a whiff from an eau de toilette bottle, heavily tempered with a floral note. Not one bit of smoke. I remembered this smelling grainier and less perfumed when I tried it at the local annual whisky fair but it could well be that there are batch variations. Here wood seems to be the driver and the grain takes a back seat. Quite a bit of sawdust.
    • Taste
      On the tongue much like on the nose with a bit of blackpepper burn as a bonus. The juice aroma is in the mouth a shade lighter than the peach the nose promised, either diluted or tending towards pear. Just a little bit of water seems to crack the vanilla/perfume dominance, making it a bit more woody and as such better. Too much water makes it soapy.
    • Finish
      In the aftertaste a nectarine tail with a bit of tin. Surprisingly light and airy compared to what the heavy vanilla leads to expect.

  10. Falnor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Maybe not as complex, but nice!
    • Nose
      Very clearly grain and broubon cask on the nose. So expect vanilla, cream, coconut and toffee. There's more like the mandarins, turkish Delight and sucade fruit. A fresh scent remind me of anise.
    • Taste
      On the palate still a lot of vanilla. Also brioche, sinas and ginger. Citrus fruit. Also the cocos plays his part.
    • Finish
      The sweetness remains true till the finish. Sugar and cream. I even got some green bananas


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