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

€ 786.80

113 × in wishlist

108 × member ratings

189 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The General 33-year-old CB

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.67 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. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Oh, no, I have just scored
    a blend a 90! Well, that says it all, eh? This was just released. Around 230
    EUR which seems a lot for a blend (but then, this is very old whisky!). But
    what a treat!
    • Nose
      Ooh, succulent nose
      on wonderful dark and candied fruit. Reminds me of old Glenfarclas. Red fruit
      and autumn leaves. Antique shop. Acacia honey. Roasted coffee beans. Pineapple
      on the grill. Pear drops. Baked apples. Cinnamon. Coconut. Pinch of aniseed. Marzipan.
      Boy, this is feckin complex!
    • Taste
      Wonderful attack that
      does not burn, despite the high ABV. It is syrupy on the palate and very spicy
      (thanks to said ABV). The fruit shines first, but a mild sour touch budges in. Velvety
      soft. Touch of woodsmoke. Twig of mint? No, it is mentholated, more like;
      Midpalate a nice dose of oak appears. Good balance. Exceptional.
    • Finish
      The long finish
      remains fairly spicy.

  3. barreltoglass scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Syrupy, typical example of old sherry notes, elegant, refined and complex. Orange, figs, baking spices - cinnamon, leathery books
    • Taste
      viscous mouthfeel. No need for water at all. sherry, nougat marshmallow, figs, lemon marmalade, white pepper
    • Finish

  4. Squinugie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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/

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.




  10. 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.

  11. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

    SGP:642 - 91 points.

  12. 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

  13. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very old style, it is actually old and venerable. An excellent sherry monster.
    • Nose
      An old attic and old dusty books. Black fruits over cooked. Plum, blackcurrant. Light sulfur breeze. A very addictive and evolving nose.
    • Taste
      A woody drought, very dark black fruits, candy brown sugar, exotic spices.
    • Finish
      Long final on the dust, woody dryness and pepper in the cheeks.

  14. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Mentioned on the bottle by the Whiskymaker John Glaser:

    A blend of 2 complementary parcels.

    First parcel: The aromas and flavours are reminiscent of aromatic baking spices, roasted coffee, walnuts and sherry wine. It's what some people describe as "antique" character. This parcel forms the base.

    Second parcel: Here, it's more reminiscent of brown-butter, fruitiness and herbal characters, supported by toffee and marzipan. This parcel adds an extraordinary middle dimension to the final blend.

    The result is a whisky with the "antique" character lovers of old whiskies seek out. It has extraordinary depth, with aromas and flavours reminiscent of spices, dried fruits and old sherry wine character. The palate is very soft, a virtue of blending malt whisky with grain whisky, and the finish is very, very long. This is a classic late-night-and-into-the-early-morning whisky.

  15. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Somerset Whisky Blog:

    Colour: Dark Burnt Gold
    Nose: A classic old, antique type of
    nose. A woody, Speyside dunnage type style with sweet notes hiding a
    little and then coming out in waves with a touch of gentle smoke
    somewhere in the background and a little spirit at the back. Fistfuls of
    autumnal fruits.
    Palate: Quite thick in your mouth,
    gently spiced although reasonably smooth considering the high abv,
    indicating the presence of the well balanced and old malts. Sweet, but
    not too sweet, it’s balanced with slightly sour oaks so that both are in
    harmony. If held on the tongue for a while it becomes gently fizzy (in a
    good way).
    Finish: Velvety and luxurious, it
    covers your throat nicely and warms your chest like a wee warm fire. The
    silky sweet smooth oils stick around for a good long while.
    Water: Releases spirit notes to the nose more easily. Also releases a touch more spices into the palate.
    Thoughts: The smoothness of this dram
    could easily lead you to think it has less abv than it really does! It’s
    a top dram crafted beautifully. It’s expensive (but you are buying old
    whisky so it would be!).

  16. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Official blurb: It’s been a good year for sourcing ridiculously rare
    parcels of extraordinary whisky. The provenance of these two parcels,
    blended together at a young age and then put back into cask for many
    years, was not important. They had matured into something extraordinary
    in flavour and were beautifully complementary. The result, bottled at
    cask strength, boasts an ‘antique’ character that lovers of old whiskies
    seek out. The associations of The General, however, are more
    akin to that of Buster Keaton’s classic 1926 film of the same name where
    the General is an old steam locomotive which Keaton takes on a long and
    wild ride to try to save the love of his life.  Only 1,698 bottles of
    this whisky have been produced. One parcel was 33 years-old and the
    other 40 years-old.


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