- 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 7:40 am
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Whisky Reviews for Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch Whisky CB
15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.69 points
- 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 ...
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.
- Decent enough, but the price seems a bit steep.
Quite a full bodied bouquet - not what you would expect from a grain.
A decent tasting whisky with plenty to savour.
Long, a little sharp at first and then a lingering warmth.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
In the aftertaste a nectarine tail with a bit of tin. Surprisingly light and airy compared to what the heavy vanilla leads to expect.
- Maybe not as complex, but nice!
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.
On the palate still a lot of vanilla. Also brioche, sinas and ginger. Citrus fruit. Also the cocos plays his part.
The sweetness remains true till the finish. Sugar and cream. I even got some green bananas
- N: Blind tasting no . 4. Similar to the Hibiki WB before this - young and short, lots of vanilla, natural grain spirit. There's a smoked - oil - smoked maltiness with a heavy grain base - so probably a youngish grain with potential
T: Arrives neatly before the clay notes take off. A big dram actually with some dry grasses in the latter stages
F: Creamy vanillas, clay and chocolate fingers [without the chocolate]. Smoke-oil at the death
C: Young but good, but the nose would seem to contain too much information for such a young one. A blend then? In hindsight, of course it's a grain - most evident on the nose and finish. Next up No.5: WB
Scores a C
- October 2014
N: Light and creamy vanillas with a touch of lemon and varnish
T: Not a touch of heat initially. Creamy cereals develop before the heat arrives which in turn develops into a peppery richness.
F: The scales swing from sweet to sour and back again.
C: Job well done. A well presented modern day single grain.
Scores a B-
N: Again, not dissimilar to Artists Blend, which firmly suggests Compass Box have a consistency attached to a signature profile taste within their range. Developing to sweet, creamy malt, light/sweet lemon and deep chocolate fudge/caramel with cinnamon, mineral, flint and carbon. Young, archetypal grain with good weight and undoubtedly moorish.
T: Young spirit quickly becomes more creamy with vanilla and a light varnish. Some pepper appears before another wave of vanilla cream. Its rather 2D but evidently very good quality spirit and casks. Takes time to unravel its simple wares.
F: Not surprisingly theres vanilla cream with a lemon merengue edge and sour<sweet oak - thats it but its fab nevertheless.
C: Compass Box admit that batches vary alot. This one [July '14] is superior, made up of Cameronbridge 1997 [18-20years] and Port Dundas vintages: 1994 & 1989.
Scores a B
Further reading: INFO // Ralfy
- A blend of grains of an average age of 20 according to people of Compass Box.
True to grain whiskeys: sugar, rum and reduced complexity.
Between bourbon and very sweet molasses rum. A lot of young wood, vanilla, a little coconut.
Very sweet, on vanilla, hints of oranges. We stay in a spirit of very sweet molasses molasses, a little demerara, with a hint of vegetation.
Same as in the mouth. Average length, easy to drink, rather dry.