Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
33 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
19 Nov 2013 12:09 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1019.78

108 × in wishlist

108 × member ratings

189 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The General 33-year-old CB

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.59 points

  1. EvilAFI scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    It lives up to the hype. Such a inviting and elegant nose, a palate that in itself is an experience, it is soo soo rounded and well balanced, the finish is long, juicy, concentrated, and yet light and effervescent.
    Wish I had a bottle.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sweet nougat, sherry in the form of candied strawberries and figs, red fruit roll up, vanilla cream, leather, oak is here too keeping it from being too sweet, hazelnut milk chocolate, orange marmalade
    • Taste
      95 95
      Oh boy, wasn’t expecting that level of mouth coating. It envelopes the palate. Oak is now here and a perfect balancing partner to the dark berries and stewed red fruits. Oily and very rounded, wisps of smoke and char spice come and go. The abv is forgotten as this just takes over and makes you forget that some pours have a burn.
    • Finish
      94 94
      In am always astonished at how juicy the finish is on whisky of this age, the oak is here but just the essence and not the tannins, candied orange and dried fig, light spices, a effervescent tingling

  2. Squinugie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. grinface scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Yes what should I say now. That’s just great. A nice composition. Or somehow maybe three different compositions. All three can stand on their own: nose, taste and finish. However, the three are not so far apart that there is no longer any connection. Fantastic! Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/12/31/compass-box-20th-anniversary/

  4. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Don't let this bottle sit to long. it gets nasty. Rated AFTER opening it again.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. switzyuk scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose - Maple syrup, fig jam, marmalade. An old wooden desk with leather finish. Soy sauce. Brown toast. Rancio notes. Old cellar must. Cola bottle sweets. Aged balsamico.

    Palate - Still got some oomph despite the age. Little pepper hit to start. Followed by marmalade, walnut, marzipan and rum soaked raisins. Like a Christmas cake. Some old cognac/armagnac qualities. Pleasant oak in background.

    Finish - Very long on rancio nuttiness, refined old wood and all those Christmasy notes. So moreish.

  6. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Thoroughly enjoyable blend. IMHO used best as a dessert dram. Nice and rich tasting.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. dicembre29 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: So much harmony here. Creamy fruits, dusted in nutmeg. A little bit of orange. Smooth polished oak notes. Toasted caramel or toffee. Creme brulee. Meringue. Old fashioned candy shops. Almost notes of syrup and eucalyptus.

    Palate: Oh, my god. What a delivery. Thick and oily. Mouthcoating and mouthwatering. Chewy and rich. Deep toffee notes. Marmalade. Figs. Coffee cake. Some sort of spiced fruit and nut mix. Luscious. Long finish. All brilliant notes ebbing on the finish.

    Thoughts: This is simply beyond good. Tastes like more. …And that’s what I’ll have next.




  8. Rustamich did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    All the components of an old fellow. The ideal after - dinner dram.
    • Nose
      Obvious sherry influence. Dried fruit. Apricot, dates, candied orange and kumquat. Cardamom, cinnamon. Complex, old. Damp cellar with even a musty character. A hint of passion fruit.
    • Taste
      Sweet at first then the oak speaks up. Assertive but not aggressive. Plenty of passion fruit and liquorice. Reminds me of very old cognacs. The alcohol is not biting.
    • Finish
      Lingering, liquorice, oak and some walnuts too.

  9. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Cf. Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun.com (January 21, 2014).

    SGP:642 - 91 points.

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    [A blend of 33yo and 40yo] Bottle no. 260

    N: lemons, raspberries, gooseberries - suet pudding, bananas - old musty smell of old wood, in a good way
    C: Crab apples, dry then rich as the spices release, salavating the mouth with fruits - cherries, lemon balm, nettle tea, rose-hip, wild strawberries. General Curry note. Wood and forest fruits are in cahoots. Very long travel, long palate journey
    F: By contrast the finish is short, drying on the tongue with that rosebud and sweet wood lingering around. Big wood on the death. Smoke only appreciated after drinking water
    C: Outstanding

    Scores an A+

    Revisiting this bottle a year later:

    N: Toffee, varnish, caramel, earthy moss, sage and lemon balm, chocolate, pine needles, wood spice - Good stuff
    T: Thick malt, requiring water now. Pine needles. Harsh arrival and build. Cloying body, the wood dominating the bitter/sweet grain. Not much development
    F: Lemon balm, sour herbal, cleaning solution, mint chocolate and chocolate orange, but fresh and herbal.
    C: Not as i remembered it before. This bottle doesn’t want to be left open for too long, two years and counting for this bottle and its worse for wear.

    Scores a B


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