Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 07 09 17
Added on
14 Aug 2017 6:02 pm by wbarchive_36565

Average value

€ 174.60

34 × in wishlist

153 × member ratings

388 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Phenomenology NAS CB

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.40 points

  1. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Built of mostly Glenlossie and Tamdhu with some peat/punch from HP, Caol Ila and Talisker thrown in for good measure. John Glasser scores another hit, but what else is new?
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, rich and well balanced on the nose. Apples, perfume and sweets lead the way, some treacle and a bit of chew mixed with a touch of earth peat, some pink peppercorn and a bit of citrus-y tang.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Well composed; very well blended. Nothing seems out of place, orange and lemon meet candied fruits, apple skins, green tea and some doughy notes. There's a real sweetness that rolls in and fights with some heavy handed oak. Spicy as it finishes up and dries quite a bit.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Hmm, dryer here... loads of oak, vanilla and spice. It settles nicely, you'll need to give it time as the finish doesn't develop for a while; pour yourself a dram and let ti open for 20 mins. As it opens, more wood, but much more fruity cream too, tea leaves and touches or that chewy malt show up too.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Just nice oldschool, lots of Clynelish, notes you do not see so often, nice thing.
    • Nose
      Very aromatic, flower meadow, pear, light brine, has lots of Clynelish and Old Pulteney notes, mineral, light herbal honey, lemon drops, banana, a hint of apple juice and vanilla
    • Taste
      Pear, ginger, spicy, green apple, a lot of malt, lavender tea, nettle, light tobacco, oldschool somehow, pineapple, wax, vanilla, green apples and some citrus notes
    • Finish
      Medium to long, apricot, pineapple, tea, malt, ginger

  3. AgentMunky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      8.5 // 8

      Malty and expressive. Interesting, compelling.
    • Taste
      80 80
      8 // 7

      It is malty, oldish, with a strange-bitter aftertaste. But burny and nice.
    • Finish
      90 90
      9 // 8

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Not the best effort from Compass Box. The other one that came out around the same time, No Name, is a bit better. I know Compass Box has a pretty good reputation as far as blending goes, but I haven't really liked very much any of their stuff to be honest (disclaimer: I haven't tasted The General, which is probably their most highly acclaimed bottle).
    • Nose
      Young, grassy, juicy -- not bad per se, but not my favorite kind of nose.
    • Taste
      Definitely quite young, grassy still, a bit malty, slight plastic. Artificial. 
    • Finish
      Plastic? Artificial sugar? It's seriously not good.

  5. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It’s a very well done blend, big syrupy fruits and a floral nose, easy drinking and not too complex but very enjoyable
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dense floral, honey, sweet, apples, beautiful nose
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oak followed quickly by big sweet and syrupy fruits (fruit cocktail), vanilla, light spice
    • Finish
      88 88
      Following theme, big fruity notes, juicy, light oak and white pepper

  6. DGV scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Quality, tasty, well-assembled malt.
    • Nose
      Fresh, open. The first nose is fruits and sweets: apricot, apples, pineapples, cotton candy, marmalade, gum. Further - mint and currant leaves certified by boiling water. A little dry wood, wax and a rotten rag.
    • Taste
      Sweet, slightly peppery. Fruit jelly, fruits, dry wood, spices.
    • Finish
      Long lasting. All the same sweets, fruits, a little mint.

  7. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite tasty and very, very drinkable. Dangerously quaffable. On the other hand, really pretty round. If you think too long maybe too round. But: Who wants to think about that for a long time? Better to sip again. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/12/31/compass-box-20th-anniversary/

  8. DennisV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. whisky_garage scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Closed, sweetish. Freshly cut grass, vanilla, citrus, coniferous notes. Fresh fruits, apple, pear. Spices, light tobacco shades.

    Taste: Rich, bright, sweetish. Vanilla, honey notes, candy. Ripe, juicy apples, pear. Spices, herbal tones, a little tobacco, apricot pits.

    Finish: Closer to long lasting. Vanilla, honey notes, herbal notes, apricot pits.

    Conclusion: Well-tailored, full-bodied, bright, full-bodied on the one hand and a bit scarce in the variety of derivatives in the taste and aroma on the other hand. Overall a good, solid product.

  10. Dominic did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Pineapple, apricot, strawberry, mango, bubble gum, violets, hay, dried grass and bay leaves.
    • Taste
      Cumquats, walnut, ginger, lemon, light butter caramel and pink pepper.
    • Finish
      Greasy, full, tasty.


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