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Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch Whisky CB

Overall rating 81 votes 82.72

191 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 21
Taste 21
Finish 20
Balance 21

Tastingtags

15 Notes

dram_on
Member Senior dram_on Note
22 Sep 2017 1:01 pm
dram_on gave this whisky 77 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 ... 

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
13 May 2017 7:31 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 82 points

Coconut

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.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
holborndrinker
Connoisseur holborndrinker Tasting note
20 Feb 2017 10:04 pm
holborndrinker gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Pale gold
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.

Comments

Decent enough, but the price seems a bit steep.

Nunc est bibendum - mine's a double!
Andytka3
Connoisseur Andytka3 Review note
28 Dec 2016 1:52 am
Andytka3 gave this whisky 79 points

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.

Weighted Rate
85.6
Nose
85
Initial taste
88
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
85
Presentation
85
Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
26 May 2016 7:28 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 73 points
Color
Pale gold
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 new 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.

Comments

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.

Falnor
Expert Senior Falnor Tasting note
12 May 2016 1:11 pm
Falnor gave this whisky 82 points
Color
Pale gold
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

Comments

Maybe not as complex, but nice!

tymiek
Expert Junior tymiek Review note
11 May 2016 10:03 pm
tymiek gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83.4
Nose
80
Initial taste
84
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
87
Presentation
85
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
05 May 2016 10:26 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 82 points

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

jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
13 Oct 2014 12:31 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 82 points

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-



March 2015


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[89]
Ivynor
Expert Senior Ivynor Tasting note
12 Sep 2014 1:13 pm
Ivynor gave this whisky 81 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Entre le bourbon et le rhum de mélasse très sucré. Beaucoup de bois jeune, de la vanille,un peu de noix de coco.

Taste

Très sucré, sur la vanille, des notes d'oranges. On reste dans un esprit rhum de mélasse très sucré, un peu demerara, avec une pointe végétale.

Finish

Idem qu'en bouche. Longueur moyenne, facile à boire, plutôt sec.

Comments

Un blend de grains d'une moyenne d'âge de 20 ans selon des personnes de Compass Box.
Fidèle aux whiskies de grain : du sucre, du rhum et une complexité réduite.

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