Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch Whisky CB

Overall rating
82.54/100
votes
142
Whiskybase ID
WB22668
Category
Blended Grain
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Production
Bottled
2014
Casktype
1st Fill American Oak Casks
Casknumber
Batch MMXIV-A
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
11 jun 2011 7:17 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 68.49

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Whisky reviews for Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch Whisky CB

27 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.54 points.

  1. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    One recognizes immediately that this is a grain whisky. He pleases with clean aromas and the strong caramel note. Only the short finish and the increasing bitterness cloud the impression a bit at the end.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Cereals, caramel, shortbread, apple, pear, solvents, toasted aromas, musty wood, citrus
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, strong alcohol, caramel, bitterness, pear, peppermint
    • Finish
      80 80
      Slightly short finish, sweetness, bitterness, artificial caramel sauce, bubble gum, pepper

  2. MickMatrix scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

  3. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Compass Box Hedonism 43%.

    Aroma buttery caramel, toffee apple, spiritous, mint oil and menthol, touch of raspberry.

    Body - watery to thin oil.

    Taste is salty, buttery, menthol. Very similar to aroma but less rich and less cask-led, more spiritous.

    A buttermint dram with a dry wafer biscuit bitterness. It's okay. A touch spiritous and young seeming. Yes, it's fine. 3.3/79

  4. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Creamy whisky bursting with notes from the bourbon cask - vanilla, custard, shortbread, white chocolate, coconut, light spices. A few drops of water help massively.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Foudos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. alkisd8 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A spring dram!That was a suprise! I haven't test many grain whiskys but this ine dont have ti jelous not even one base single malts whiskys.Floral,votanic,citrus,sweet finish,kinda short.Good jod compass box
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruty and floral.Banana, pineapple,tea,hamomile,some vanila notes,sweet and smooth
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste follow nose.Here banana,some sweet spiceness,vanilla,again votanics notes, specially in the Finish
    • Finish
      83 83
      Very votanic and sweet.Gave me a lot of spring images,flowers,mountens with tra etc etc but unfortunately kinda short and dry.

  7. DennisV scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Joint86 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and very alcoholic

  9. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Straight ahead grain with vanilla, coconut, and solvent throughout.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

  11. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  12. GJR scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  13. LiquidThoughts 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

  14. 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 ... 

  15. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Thermidor scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    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.

  19. 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

  20. tymiek scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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

  22. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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]

  23. Ivynor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      Between bourbon and very sweet molasses rum. A lot of young wood, vanilla, a little coconut.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Same as in the mouth. Average length, easy to drink, rather dry.

  24. nathanyael scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. Jimjam did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose takes a little time to come through but is beautifully intriguing when it does: subtle, elegant, sexy and characterful. It's a little less characterful to taste. But still, a cracker of a blended grain whisky
    • Nose
      Orange flowers, marzipan, boat paint, marmalade, almond nougat, caramel, toffee, a hint of air fix glue
    • Taste
      Icing, oak, polish, oranges
    • Finish
      Long: oranges and drying fruit

  26. karlsson60 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

     Just three words to describe this absolutely strange experience for the single malt drinker: Violets, sawdust and oak. As if coming from another planet....

  27. granella2003 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Flavors of vanilla cream, toffee and coconut

  28. Master Quill scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Score for a bottle from around 2006

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