The Nectar Tenth Anniversary CB

Overall rating
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
American Standard Barrel & New French Oak
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Nectar
Added on
10 Nov 2016 2:44 pm by WheelsOfWhisky

Average value

€ 379.00

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105 × member ratings

235 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Nectar Tenth Anniversary CB

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.71 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 4/5 Whiskey n ° 1288
    • Nose
      Marked peat. Imposing in volume of aromas. Stops slowly. The waxy side of Clynelish is felt. Opulent.
    • Taste
      Fruity, a little honey. Piquant on spices, it is supple and corpulent. Very balanced!
    • Finish
      Peat not overwhelming. Smooth.

  2. Gris scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sold 520£ in auctions (scotchwhiskyauctions) the 2th april 2017 :|

    And, suddenly, not bananas but, The Nectar, lot of them in the Marketplace :p

  3. Gris scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A complex and well-balanced blend, as usual Compass Box did a great job!
    • Nose
      From the beginning you can feel the richness and complexity of this blend. It is quite peaty but leaves room for fruity notes in the background. At the same time a little camphor and very aromatic, herbaceous and floral notes.
    • Taste
      Surprising sweetness, given the presence of Ardbeg we expected a stronger attack but no, even if camphorized peat is present. The fruits that one smelled are present in the taste, especially the oranges.
    • Finish
      A nice finish and a nice length, smoke but smooth. A little licorice.

  4. schero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful blend
    • Nose
      Ardbeg and Clynelish? The first nose calls me Lagavulin :-D
      After a while, Ardbeg really gets out of it. The typical citrus note comes through, which plays nicely with the smoke. Colder, ashy, tarry smoke. If you look for it and the Ardbeg is over, the cotton candy from Clynelish will eventually come through.
    • Taste
      Sweet, citrus, well integrated smoke, getting drier, creamy, light oak
    • Finish
      Ardbeg dominates, complex, beautiful slightly bitter oak, a long finish

  5. Gaija scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is excellent, really. Great complexity, nice dialog between the virile Ardbeg and the forest fruits, creating a very melted profile. And the Ardbeg comeback on the very end of the finish is splendid ! If the nose was a tiny bit less Ardbeg driven and more in line with the rest, that'd be an easy 90. I might go for it next time. Would be curious to know how the bottle evolves post-opening.
    • Nose
      Very virile, the Ardbeg is unmistakable. That's said, it's not agressive in any way. Tarmac and earthy gravels, smoked oregano et potatoes, mud, sweaty horse ... you got it. It's only discretely fruity with some dried prunes and nutmeg. Peated sloe-berries. 
    • Taste
      Wow, sooo soft and creamy ! It totally changed ! Alcohol is litteraly impossible to detect, a real pleasure. The best word I can think of here is "tender", really. Fruitiness has evolved, with sweet blueberries, mascarpone, ricola candies, forest strawberries, very elegant and melted profile, I had a really hard time picking up precise notes, but it's damn pleasant. I couldn't tell there's 50% Ardbeg in this now, it's only slightly forestian.
    • Finish
      At first it's only slightly peppery and fruity, with the mascarpone side still present. And just when you think it's gonna end like this (read, in quite a shy and short way) there's an enormous kick of soot. Licking a chimney's walls, really. And Ricola / cough syrup are back. Wow !  

  6. Callo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Whiskynotes

    This is a bespoke bottling by Compass Box for the Tenth Anniversary of The Nectar in Belgium. John Glaser took some input from The Nectar and created a blended malt with two major parts.

    Around 50% is Ardbeg matured in recharred American barrels. The other half is the classic ‘Highland malt’ blend which is used by Compass Box for so many compositions (Clynelish, Dailuaine and Teaninich). This part was matured in new French oak hybrid casks – pretty much the Flaming Heart recipe.


    Compass Box ‘The Nectar Tenth Anniversary’ (46%, Compass Box for The Nectar 2016, blended malt)

    Nose: a rich nose which is dominated by the Ardbeg part. It’s fairly peaty but there are nice, deep, dark fruity notes behind it. Nice combination with the tarry notes, camphor and dry shells on a beach. In the background there’s a highly aromatic (herbal / floral) touch, perhaps the French oak coming through. Mouth: really aromatic again, with more vanilla sweetness and less of the fierce Ardbeg power. More on sweet fruits (forest fruits, bramble). Seville oranges. Gentle, sweet ashes. Finish: quite long, quite ashy again, with sweet smoke and liquorice.

    A highly convincing recipe again: the typical Compass Box malts with a good dose of sweet, smoky, tarry Ardbeg. The right balance and pleasant to drink. Should arrive in stores soon. Recommended.

    Score: 90/100

  7. Roland7 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Refreshing! Metal shavings, smoke, ash, first-aid kit, smoked meats, burnt wood, overcooked walnut, cedar, Champagne? tangerine zest, candied fruit, gooseberry, eucalyptus!

  8. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose needs some time to open and becomes the highlight here. A walk on the seashore. Palate is definitely quaffable too. Another very good blending from Compass Box.
    • Nose
      Gentle peat, tar, coastal and earthy notes. Pencil shavings, fresh wood. Dry and slightly closed. A few minutes later. More coastal, lemony and slightly medicinal. Some aromatic herbs too.
    • Taste
      Peat, lemons, pepper and a touch of vanilla. A few ashes.
    • Finish
      Medium, smoky, ashy and sweet.

  9. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Industrial, industrial blend, rich and deep scent promised something beautiful, but the taste / finish turned out to be much easier, without halftones and the range of derivatives is much narrower, and the continental lows here have entered into confrontation, not allowing each other to fully unfold, fettering themselves; in development, something like a spexide appears, but not as intensively as one would like.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, peat and light smoke against a background of spicy oak, light notes of furniture lacquer, furniture polish, wax, new leather goods, shoe cream, a little lemon peel, smoked cedar boards, a bit of tar, grains, freshly cut boards, weak shades solvent.
    • Taste
      Thick, oily, technical, slightly harsh, oak, lemon pepper, lemon peel, young bark, herbal and vegetable notes, peat and a little rubber, light lighter flower and berry shades develop in development.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, orange peel, oak, a bit of tar and light peaty notes, bare metal sour, machine oil, rubber, honey-flower tints and confectionery sweetness are seen in development.

  10. Toffie76 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly balanced, yet a very nice Compass Box composition with a Ardbeg whirring under the hood. Racy and elegant.


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