Overall rating
85.54/100
votes
162
Whiskybase ID
WB81159
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottled
04.2016
Number of bottles
5922
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5065000482978
Added on
15 apr 2016 9:13 pm by Callo
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 400.37

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Whisky reviews for Enlightenment NAS CB

40 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.54 points.

  1. Implar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good stuff. If Compass Box keeps bringing blends like this, I hope they get in trouble with the SWA again!

    http://awhiskyjourney.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Starts off quite malty with some shy fruity notes, but they don’t stay shy for long. A nice strong nose with white fruits, peaches, pears. Vanilla and honey and chamomile. Oh, and of course there’s beeswax.
    • Taste
      Palate: Fruits once again, mainly melons (honeydews in particular). With undertones of white grapes, wax, vanilla and honey. It’s all intermingled nicely.
    • Finish
      Finish: A bit of a shorter finish. Almonds and sawdust mainly.

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  3. TechnOBY scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. WillWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Quite young, creamy, grassy, a bit orange peel

      Quite strong alcohol fell sometimes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slight warm mouth feeling, better than expectation after nosing, some waxy or creamy mouth feeling

      Ok and nothing outstanding to me
    • Finish
      86 86
      Orange peel and salty

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Simple and young tasting profile. A little paraffin and honeydew melon. Lots of vanilla. I guess it comes across a little weak and simple. The palate is a little bit chemical and young grassy spirit. I think it was cheap when it came out, so can’t be too hard on it, but not really a memorable one. Good enough to not think about.

  7. the_muskox scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is a very tasty and stylized malt. It sits right in that dry-waxy-herbal-fresh flavour profile, which I happen to really enjoy. It feels like Compass Box knew exactly what they wanted this whisky to taste like, and nailed it. In my experience, it’s probably most similar to something like Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask or Tobermory 10. It’s at about the same quality level for me too: very good and refined, but not quite mind-blowing.

    Nose: Fresh, sweet, and refined. Loads of buttery shortbread biscuits. Fresh green fruit, honey, and a Clynelish-y paraffin note. Key lime pie, banana, vanilla, and rich malt. A bit of a dusty graphite note, and some walnut. Some floral and herbal something or other, maybe in between thyme and lavender. Some cardamom as well.

    Palate: Light but oily texture. Malt and honey give way to sweet-tart fruit: green grapes, nectarine, unripe pear. Develops into wax, oak, black pepper, and sesame seeds. There’s an interesting balance between vanilla creaminess and oaky astringency. I’m getting a mix of wood sugar and barley sugar. Herbs, walnut, cucumber, and more pepper. Just a little bit of cocoa powder.

    Finish: Herbal and mouthwatering. Grape must, coconut, and passionfruit. More wax. Black pepper, cardamom, and clove. A bit of a mineral note. Sandalwood and wood sugars. Some sweetness eventually breaks through the dryness: distant toffee and cotton candy.

  8. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. GJR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Need a lot of time. Nice balance of fruit, vanilla and also a bit dirty. Well more a summer dram.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Continuation of the nose, however, the layered and the dirty influence has disappeared unfortunately.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Because the nose needed a lot of time to open combined with the abv of 46, the finish is a bit lame, unfortunately.

  11. Vince scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    difficult to go wrong with John Glaser & co.

  12. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 94.5 points to the Enlightenment. "This is not a whisky to have in a hurry: the nose alone is worth a good 15 minutes". Pure matter of taste...

  14. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sounds of the notes very simple, but it is super round and tasty, so the rating, well blinded.
    • Nose
      Beautiful pear, quite fresh and round in the nose directly, green apple, honey, nettle melon, flower meadow, cotton candy, lemon ice cream
    • Taste
      Lemon peel, white pepper, melon, green tea, lavender, light honey, vanilla, marzipan, light malt, sweet nutty
    • Finish
      Sweet malt, a few nuts, melon, some pepper and lemon, medium long

  15. Dr.Nose scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    At first fresh and fruity in the nose, but longer exposed to the air, more and more spicy and nutty influences with subtle sweetness. The taste is sweet in combination with spicy and nutty tones.

  16. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, grassy, ​​fresh, with apples-lemon and vanilla fruit, then back a little smoked? and iodized / mineral, no typicity in!
    • Nose
      sweet, fruity on apples-pears and lemon, varnish, some spices, some vanilla pastry, a little wax, it's very sweet!

  17. Andytka3 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N- Soft tropical fruits that make you mouth watering, elegantly light notes of pear with the taste of biting on the core and seeds that gives you the a touch of tense sourish bitter taste. Layer of white chocolate, distant floral eucalyptus closing in with sweet malt. cool morning fresh air filled with fresh floral notes.

    P- A classic "light but not weak" stuff. Burst of natural juicy sweet, accompany by fresh fruit compote and soft sweet spices, delicate sweet oak and vanilla lurking to provide a dept of fullness. Quality blend, enlightening as it is meant to be.  Did I just says sweet thrice? F- Medium, soothing and warming, spiced tropical fruit pie.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. zaphod155 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It is an ideal dram for balmy summer evenings. Refreshingly fruity.
    • Nose
      Clear citrus notes, moist grass, light mint notes, green apple and vanilla
    • Taste
      Strong vanilla, lemon, pink grapefruit, mint again and some caramel. He leaves a nice creamy mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Not too long, creamy, lemony and malty

  19. dram_on scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I really enjoyed the wax bomb upon popping this one open, but unfortunately, this waxiness disappears all too quickly ... more of the orchard-type white fruits do open up though.

  20. Calmar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not a bad aroma close in style to Klineish, but without wax and less mineral, the taste / finish is more primitive, generally not bad, but there were better products at the compass of the box.   Klineish here, it turns out, half of the lens hood is, on the other hand, at the Enlintment price is 1.5 times more expensive than the regular Klineish 14YO, I definitely choose the latter.  
    • Nose
        Clear, dry, grain, flowery-herbaceous notes, lemon zest, lemonade, light honey tones, mineral motifs - wet stones, stone dust; some vegetables - radish, cabbage, daikon; new leather goods;
    • Taste
      Powerful, slightly harsh, sweet woody, peppery wave, grapefruit crust, lemon, lollipops.
    • Finish
      Spicy, sweet peppery, warming, bitter bark, grapefruit crust.

  21. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A little closed at the beginning, but I could only access a background sample, maybe stale. The atmosphere is sweet anyway. On the palate, sweet, fresh, creamy. It has the flexibility of a blend. Beautiful fruits all in flexibility and subtlety. This expression contains a majority of Clynelish, and a significant portion of Glentauchers, which makes this distillery the red thread of the day, thanks to the very competent wine merchant who chose the bottles for me.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  22. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice Blended Malt that is not exceptional but that does more than the job. I enjoyed its gourmet finish that asks for more. What would that have given with a little more power? I do not know but I'm curious!
    • Nose
      Light in its power, it does not sting nasal but still has a certain presence. The first volatile notes are fresh and mentholated. There is also some wax .... "Well, I do not know if it's because I know there's a part of Clynelish or if it's really what I feel ..." then has fresh fruit and after a few moments exotic fruits.
    • Taste
      Well the first impression is that it is very light, very watery in its attack. In the middle of the mouth it rises with spices & wax. (This is missing a little punch anyway!). The end of the mouth is greedy / oily on the toffee, chocolate with some minty notes (After Eight?!?!) .... we slip slowly to the pie and the cake.
    • Finish
      Medium, starting on the wood with some very light spices then emerges from nowhere greedy notes on butter / brioche and vanilla .... very pleasant.

  23. JollyRoger scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    As i like the floral and almost minty character of Clynelish a lot, and this bottling contains a lot of Clynelish like Compass Box bottlings/blends often do, i expected something great.  After pouring the entire bottle into an empty bottle and back 5 times and then wait 6 months, then leave it breathe in the glass for an hour it was finally great with bees wax, fresh grass, flowers, honey.  But at first contact without air, right from the bottle this whisky is terrible and harsh. I suppose it is very young and should be tamed (read: treated roughly).

    After taming it is very good, but for that price i got better Clynelish whisky in the past, ready to drink without taming.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Bishlouk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A very simple profile, I would have thought of a Speysider lambda Bourbon cask. Not bad and easy, this Enlightment however does not honor the assembly work done upstream, I think. Not the most attractive achievement of Compass Box. A "small" whiskey simple and nice, however.
    • Nose
      Apple honey, varnish, lemon syrup. Vegetable notes develop quickly. An impression of freshness and youth.
    • Taste
      The lemon syrup, strong vanilla and sweet, dominates. A tip of varnished sap. Simple and classic.
    • Finish
      Astringent wood bursts in the mouth, drying it. Some sweet spices.

  25. Butei scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Excellent dram. Becoming more balanced after settling in the glass for 5-10 min. It has character. With a few drops (1-3) of water it becomes smoother. This dram really made me curious what more CB has to offer.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. sbosse scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. ScottFrench scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The Enlightenment of Compass Box is a good whiskey that offers a superb freshness and whose fruity side seems very natural. It's greedy, generous, spontaneous. A whiskey pleasure little complex that goes to the basics.
    • Nose
      lively, light and fresh but with a nice aromatic power. We start with a basket filled with apples, pears (and scoubid ... um, no), melons, peaches and limes. The freshness is splendid. It's sweet, suggesting a texture a little greasy in the mouth. Fruit for dessert, accompanied by a crème brûlée (vanilla, caramel, brown sugar) and, to finish this meal, a good infusion of chamomile with a hint of honey and mint. The nose of this Enlightenment is entertaining and cheering.
    • Taste
      a soft and oily texture and a perfectly adequate intensity. As much as we perceived strata in the nose, as much in the mouth everything is more melted, as if all the ingredients were passed to the blender (ah ah ah ...). Anyway, we always find this dominant fruity / sweet / acid. I am reassured to perceive almost no green and dry vegetable note. A whiskey very pastry without being too sweet that makes us have a good time but lacks complexity to move into the next category.
    • Finish
      not very long and lacking a bit of pep to enchant us. We stay on fresh fruits, red sugar, vanilla and we still find a great persistence on the notes of chamomile.

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N: Firm>astringency, nutty/grassy, very Speyside - with [some] vibrant maturation. More fruity maltiness with water.
    T: Some sawdust and creaminess - it's raw malt moving to an astringent, sour cream.
    F: Green sour, dry sour with milk of magnesia finish.
    C: Not enamoured with this at all. Too much raw green for me, a little like recent Balblair [2016] but I'm thinking more young Benrinnes or Balmenach.

    Scores a B[+]

  29. Lucky28 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Exactly as you would expect with this 'recipe'.
    • Nose
      Pear, vanilla, apple and lime.
    • Taste
      Pear, lime, vanilla, caramel and a little wax.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, pear, wine gum, banana candy and caramel.

  31. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It’s a blended malt with the following recipe:

    48% young Clynelish from first-fill American oak barrels37% middle-aged Glentauchers from first-fill American oak barrels11% middle-aged Balblair from first-fill American oak barrels4% middle-aged Mortlach from rejuvenated American oak barrels
    • Nose
      Fresh, light, delicate, fruity (citrus, green apples, pears), green tea, vanilla, mineral
    • Taste
      Fruity (pineapple, lemons, green apples), waxy, salty, spicy (pepper, ginger), green tea  
    • Finish
      Medium long, citrus, caramel, pepper

  33. Berrysaki scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very good price-quality!
    • Nose
      very fruity, crisp apple with a hint of candies.
    • Taste
      very well balanced yellow tropical fruits. Halfway through there's a bite. Peppery finish. Mouth coating.
    • Finish
      Quite a long finish. While the fruit fades away, white and black pepper come in. Very nice!

  34. Avdboom scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    N: Fresh green fruits, citric aroma's especially lime, apple and a bit of peach. Biscuits, vanilla, wax and a grassy touch. Delightful!

    T: Punchy and characterful, I would have guessed it's more than 46%, feels more like 48-50% abv, that's a big plus.
    Fresh fruits, pear, citric, kiwi and vanilla sugar. It's sweet but still breaths freshness. It's got a waxy mouth coating mouth feel I adore.

    F: Reasonable long finish. Light peppery and spices loom up in the background I can't identify but play along in the experience. It ends in a clean, dry and fresh after taste.

    C: A fresh whisky that still got balls and that's got caracter!Waxy spot on. It's an other CB masterpiece (for around 65-70 euro) Gotta have it!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. Mark-E scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Compared with Clynelish GM 1996-2013 and Glentauchers 1990 #14428. I would rate this 86/87.
    • Nose
      Fruity - apple and peach, wax and vanilla. Malty, pastry, a trace of smoke and sigars.
    • Taste
      Citrus, candy some wax and fruity - mandarins, apple and kiwi. Some young character with a good bite.
    • Finish
      Some caramel, waxy, soft spices - pepper and cloves. Plums, pear, citrus - lemon and vanilla. Long bourbon finish.

  37. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    According to van Zuylen this blended malt is composed from:

    48.2% 6y-7y Clynelish, first-fill bourbon barrels

    36.7% 18y-19y Glentauchers, first-fill bourbon barrels

    10.8% 13y-14y Balblair, first-fill bourbon barrels

    4.3% 18y Mortlach, rejuvenated bourbon barrels. 

  38. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Very light nose. Fresh and fruity. Some fresh apples, pears, melon.

    Also some buiscuits, but without to much vanilla.

    Some wax, but less than expected with such a big Clynelish component.

    In the background I find some savery notes, like cured ham or cheese.

    Taste: Gentle sweet arrival. Immidiately more mouthcoating than expected from the light nose. a bit oily or buttery even.

    Sweet fruits, pears. And lot of those biscuits again, but with more sugar and vanilla this time. Easy on the oaky pepper. Getting sweeter over time.

    Finish: Nice easy finish. With just enough oak to let it linger on for a while, with some fruit and spice.

    A very tasty dram. Fresh and fruity. 85-87

  39. Explicit scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. Falnor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A little too light and grassy for me.
    • Nose
      A lot of freshness, feeling of spring and light spirit. Lots of young and green fruit. Green apples are a big part. Blossom, grass and pear.
    • Taste
      On the palate still a big deal of fresh and fibrant young fruit. Lime and other citrus like fruits. Also a good part of waxy and buttery mouthfeeling.
    • Finish
      A light and easy dram. Sweetness till the end.

  41. tymiek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      86 86

  42. addyhd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Verry good blended malt , taste like an amazing clynelish with extra's and some bigger balls because of the morthlach
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  43. Dominique69 did not rate this whisky Photo Moderator

    Citaat van CompassBox facebook page:

    Inspired by the Age of Enlightenment, it is a fresh, vibrant and uplifting Blended Malt that is enlightening in both character and concept. The whisky is made from 36.7% from Glentauchers, 10.8% from Balblair and 4.3% from Mortlach distilleries combined with 48.2% whisky from Clynelish, all aged in first fill Bourbon cask. The result is a delicious whisky with fresh orchard fruit, vanilla cream, light violet notes and soft spice. The mouthfeel is creamy and buttery; moreish and mouth-watering.

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