Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 14 09 15 3 19:32 BB
Added on
27 Sep 2015 12:19 pm by Vincent2
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 499.00

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266 × member ratings

492 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for This is not a luxury Whisky CB

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.02 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] What the .... is a luxury whisky? I never heard of one so all whiskies are "not a luxury" - what else? A nice marketing slogan by Compass Box, nonetheless. But how does an ordinary whisky taste ("ordinary" is the opposite of "luxury", right)?

    Excellent, to be honest! The nose and the very first tasting impression reminds me of a fine old 'farclas from the early eighties (bourbon matured) but then it develops an own unique profile. Very interesting and quaffable...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers not a luxury profile (sorry folks, I know this is cheap)... It is composed of fruits, honeys and waxes in abundance. The woods add spices and shy herbs, after some breathing additional floral notes and hints of peat pop up. Not bad for an ordinary dram! All is pretty balanced and without any off-note - this dram reminds me of some fine bourbon-matured Glenfarclas Family Casks I tasted recently (the honeyd fruitiness of Glen Ord combined with shy peats from Caol Ila and waxy-floral notes of the grains result in an 80ies Glenfarclas-alike, isn't that funny?). I like this nose!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste reminds me of such a Glenfarclas of the early eighties too, very strange. It is more waxy and floral with just a few fruity flavours compared to the nose. Later some chocolatey notes (both milk and dark) join in and the spices and herbs grow stronger. Now the Glenfarclas-appeal is gone and this taste is rather unique but a little unbalanced towards the bitter flavours.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is not luxury either but pretty fine: warming and instantly coating without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds more sweeter flavours (honeys, sugars) that balance the profile again. There is a minor bitter moment towards the end but this is not distracting at all. Water releases more chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste more balanced through strengthening the sweeter notes. I like this dram best a little reduced to about 46% abv.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Goal! The nose is characterized by wonderfully fruity and sweet caramel. Fruity sherry aromas and chocolate harmonize perfectly with each other and let hope for a taste exaltation. The taste of malt keeps what the nose promises. Gorgeous! The alcohol is harmoniously integrated and supports a variety of flavors. The slightly smoky note goes perfectly with the fruity and sweet elements. A fantastic whiskey!

    Now even with pleasure, the sample bottle "twittered empty" and then I'm happy for today!
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring a wonderfully fruity aroma flows from the glass. Tough and oily streaks stick almost endlessly to the glass wall while the malt in the glass shines intensively amber and shines. Fruity oranges and apricots play with sugar-sweet caramel, a subtle smoky note lies above the fruity sweetness. A touch of leather mixes with milk chocolate and some cocoa powder, the leather and smoke are more intense. After a short moment, the nose is again dominated by caramel and toffee, grapes and berries are added. Subtle cereal notes rise from the despite 53.1% harmoniously integrated alcohol. The salivation is massively stimulated, I want to finally try the blend!
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate and spicy wood notes dominate the first sip. Cocoa powder spreads over the tongue, dried berries and grapes end in subtle sharpness. The sharpness increases, pearls dance on the tongue while a subtle bitter leather and espresso aroma exude a cozy warmth. Dark chocolate and tart wood flavors mingle, toasted cereal grains and heavy fruit aromas leave a discreetly tart and dry woody aroma.
    • Finish
      Tart and subtly bitter walnuts mingle with spicy notes of wood at the beginning of the season. A subtle leather note rises from the wooden spice, a fine hint of smoke lies over the entire finish. Wet leaves and old walnuts become more intense again, a touch of espresso is added. With a fine tart leather note, the finish sounds slow and leaves a spicy aroma.

  3. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is a lovely high quality whisky. I expected a bit more layering and complexity on the nose but I guess after all this hyping around this whisky my expectations were unrealistically high. On the nose it’s a quite fresh and bright while it’s powerful and seductive on the palate.

    All in all it’s a lovely whisky (one of the best blends I've tasted so far) and I applaud Compass Box for their honesty and hard work.

    • Nose
      A fresh, subtle, rich and balanced whisky with aromas of Green apple, grains, pineapple, Virginia tobacco, green tea, musli, floral tones (chamomile?, dried grass), berries, currants, sultanas, cedar wood, rosewood, new oak, gras, hay, Suede leather, stewed pear, white wine, hint of smoke, butter, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove), subtle earthy tones, macarons, pear drops, dried apricot, yellow plums (mirabelle), rum raisins, old armagnac, coconut oil, subtle sweet sherry and antique oak.
    • Taste
      A rich, full, balanced and complex whisky with aromas of berries (mainly blackberries), currants, oak sap, floral tones (elderflower, and dried flowers), spices (white pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice), oily, honey, earthy tones, orange peels, tangerine, subtle mango, tea, chocolate, hazelnuts, raspberry, a hint of antique wax, varnish, brown sugar, dried cherry’s, antique candy store, fresh pastry dough, bitter tannins and rich creamy oak.
    • Finish
      A medium to long and drying finish with aromas of white pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, tannins, oak, smoke tones are getting bigger, malt, blackberries, orange zest, plums, roasted nuts, butter, red berries and a hint of fresh mint.

  4. Gris scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bastafari... 76/100 (global note of 89/100)... LOL! Did you just even tried it?

  5. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Needs two weeks of oxidization to really open up in both the noise and palate. A very unique experience that more than justifies the high price. Excellent blend!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    a very complex, but difficult blend. The Glen Ord must have been fierce when he presented with the Grains nor so bulky European oak. Me too much oak freight. Superimposed. The Flaming Heart from the same year is worlds better for me.
    • Nose
      Pur: Nice, not too overloaded typical Speyside sherry bouquet at the beginning, raisins, dark chocolate, cherry, with the Caol Ila slightly salty smokiness, very subtle. From the Grains vanilla and honey. In the overall picture a little maple syrup and cherry liqueur. Later then intense tobacco smell. Slight musty note, which I find rather unpleasant, most likely foul apple. Clouds the otherwise beautiful overall picture something. But he is complex anyway. With water: better, more fruit more peach now, sweeter, no more stuffy notes.
    • Taste
      Pure: a lot of heavy oak, thick tannins, then more and more sherry, with the woody grain character. No trace of alcohol. Lots of spices and dark fruits, blackberry jelly. Again, minimal salt smoke note. With water: the oak becomes even more dominant, really woody now, more herbs, cumin, cocoa powder pure. Violently.
    • Finish
      long, dry oak, chocolate with 90% cocoa.

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A high-end blend, delicious and complex, a chameleon in a glass - but definitely too expensive
    • Nose
      A dense yellow fruit basket, yellow plums, ripe mirabelles, many spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, mild sweet curry, gingerbread, a lot of vanilla, but also raisins and dates, dried apricots, wood notes can be recognized over time, old wardrobe, cedar wood and a trace smoke
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the dry woody notes are more intense, the spices are joined by pepper, orange zest, blueberry pie
    • Finish
      Medium to long, fruity, spicy and very dry, slightly smoky

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Akoo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    We can say it: converted try! John Glaser is really a craftsman of
    blending. This whisky is of impressive richness! Its balance is nearly
    perfect, and to topple it all, its profile is atypical. If it lacks a
    bit of immediacy to be a true slayer, it remains my personal favorite
    this autumn.
    • Nose
      richly rounded, quite savory and most fine. We begin by a lovely forest
      stroll, taking a whiff of the rich undergrowth: humid wood, ferns, humus
      and fungus all woven with a lavish chlorophyll freshness. At the edge
      of the woods, we stumble upon a spreading meadow where malt, rye and
      corn mingle: a rare sight but fiercely efficient. Nothing better than a
      meal after a midday hike. Today, spice is on the menu. Pepper
      fragrances, fenugreek, ginger and anise tickle our senses. We end as
      should be with a satisfying desert: cherry clafoutis topped with vanilla
      ice cream, a hint of whipped cream and an ounce of chestnut cream; all
      while seated in an old, freshly varnished wooden armchair.
    • Taste
      Powerful, upholstering. Peat, although almost nonexistent at first
      breath, is a lot more present in mouth, delivering a truly fresh side
      with smoke, eucalyptus and liquorice tones. The second wave brings a
      sliver of consistency, with heather honey, a dash of of brown sugar or
      even stevia. We follow up on some delicacies, savoring one after the
      other, orangettes, hazelnut chocolate, a pistachio chocolate or even our
      famous cherry clafoutis. The smoke still swirls amidst the rest. It’s
      simply delicious. The last part of the mouth is slightly more ascetic,
      with spicier and saltier pitches (turmeric and cinnamon).
    • Finish
      Very, very, long and intense, bringing forth malted and spicy accents.
      The red berries are still there, but toned down. The smoke is still in
      the game, bringing from time to time a hint of minted eddies.

  10. the_muskox scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Wow! I’m extremely impressed. Great complexity, gorgeously balanced, delicious flavours, well-aged but not over-oaked or over-sherried (79% first-fill butts, remember) in the slightest. For only 4% Caol Ila, and really old Caol Ila at that, there’s a lovely smoky element throughout. The grain element is subtle and surprisingly nice. The mix of tropical and orchard fruit, flowers, aged wood, sherry, spices, peat… it’s just outstanding. The palate is thick and luscious, the finish is sugary and floral but complex. As far as comparisons to similar whiskies, this beats the pants off of JW Ghost & Rare Brora. My score just ticked up and up and up as I drank it. A resounding success from Compass Box.

    Nose: Sweet and distinguished. The grain component is very subtle. Stonefruit, pears, dried apples, dates, banana, lime, and lemongrass. Blueberry muffins, maple butter, cream, shortbread, and mild corn. Aged notes of balsamic vinegar, fresh linen, old dusty furniture, leather, and dry wood. Some mellow spices as well – nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla. There’s a whisper of peat way in the back: tobacco, earth, distant ocean, and chlorine.
    The peat starts to intensify in time – now there’s a dried meat note, salt, and some seaweed. There’s a rich earthiness now, muddy hay on the tractor-pulled wagon to the apple orchard (memories!).

    Palate: Oily texture. Rich stonefruit, lime, and honey up front, developing into black pepper, peat, wax, tobacco, linen. Fragrant tropical fruit, with white chocolate, potpourri, and silky caramel. Fairly spicy in the middle, with a nice warmth from the ethanol as well as flavours of cinnamon and ginger. Hay, pine, and grass, with sweeter green notes, then charred oak, brown sugar, more lime, and candy apples.

    Finish: Long and creamy. Brown sugar, toffee, beeswax, potpourri, hazelnuts, baking spices, lemon squares, figs, peaches, and balsamic. Olive oil, then black olives. Tobacco and chili-spiked dark chocolate. Just a hint of bacon and lime.


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