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Overall rating
87.45/100
votes
167
Whiskybase ID
WB99600
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2017
Number of bottles
7908
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 07 09 17
Barcode
5065000482305
Added on
14 aug 2017 6:02 pm by wbarchive_36565
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 192.50

34 × in wishlist

167 × member ratings

425 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Phenomenology NAS CB

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.45 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. LiquidThoughts 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. g00se scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Stammtisch Dram #3:
    Wow! Old, matured and blinded on point.
    Very harmonious and convincing in its mixture of forest fruits, old oak wood and something maritime-smoky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fruity and deep.
      Berry compote made from wild berries, blackberries and cherries. A deep and beautifully woody base note. Oak wood, forest honey and some baked apple. Then it's back to something slightly citric, like sour apple juice. I still find wet stones, some soot and a subtle note of smoke when you lift the glass fresh.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruity and old.
      The fruit compote is there, but very quickly an old oak cupboard wall comes up to you. Dusty attic, leather polish and some orange.
      A (gentle) ginger sharpness develops.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Maritime, leathery, fruity and spicy.
      Initially very salty and strong on the finishFreshly waxed leather, candied orange peel, blood orange and oak spice.
      Already long lasting without becoming bitter.

  6. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    04.03.2022
    • Nose
      Apple rings, lemon, apricot, peach, passion fruit, very slightly maritime, minimal salt, honey, grass, very minimal smoke
    • Taste
      Apricot, peach, mango, lemon, grapefruit, wood, slightly maritime, salt, pepper, minimal ash

  7. hlz30 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Nice fruity start, red apple peel, ripen stone fruit, a hint of heather, intense ripen tropical fruit, freshly broached wood,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Crispy, grassy, oily texture, mildly prickling and bitter, but chewing would just intensify the sweetness and smoothness. Rippen orange, coconut, barley sugar, malty, gingery, mildly tangy
    • Finish
      86 86
      Round, a little bit short, but pleasantly warm with ginger, vanilla, honey, ripen grape

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant, drinkable, perfectly balanced whiskey close to the classic woody-grain profile with a bias in sweet honey-floral tones, a wide palette, quite an interesting composition.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, planed planks, wood dust, lemon peel, candied citrus fruits, herb-floral motifs, grain, mineral notes and cardboard in the background; carpentry, sweet candy tones, coated tablets;
    • Taste
      Calm, dense, tart oak notes, ginger, pepper wave, bitterness of young bark, sweet creamy lollipop motifs, leather goods, honey and floral-herbal shades, vanilla,
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, juicy oak tones, citrus and honey-fruity notes, leather goods, sweet creamy shades, vanilla, slight bitterness of young bark;

  9. TheYenius scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Banana Bread, Grassy, Waxy, touch of Vanilla. At 130€ I think it’s good value.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. 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

  11. DGV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

  12. 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/

  13. DennisV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  14. 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.
    ⚡87⚡

  15. 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.

  16. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    21 23 21 22 87

  17. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F22 B22

  18. MGHOW scored this whisky 55 points Member Senior

    I just found this genuinely lacking interest. It doesn't have any bad points, no excess dryness, but the whole thing just lack distinction and oomph. I paid half the retail price because it was a special offer and I still think I overpaid for this.

    Edit, after opening it seems to get dryer and dyrer and is just a kind of high oak whisky drink. I am not impressed. My score reflects the price as well.

  19. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Implar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Simply a good, sturdy blend with an interesting recipe.
    • Nose
      Very nice. Lemons and freshly cut grass but also tropical fruits like mango and coconut. Underneath this all is the slightest suggestion of earthy peat. A very nice, and perhaps more importantly, coherent nose.
    • Taste
      A very oily mouthfeel which is lovely. Lemons and apple cider, honey and beeswax. Not in a boring way mind you, it’s all running through each other eloquently.
    • Finish
      A medium long finish, mainly the (green) apples and lemons remain.

  22. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    NIS (no info statement) whisky
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruity (melons, apples, peaches), citrus, sweet malt, marzipan
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, creamy, waxy, sweet, fruity (apples pears, peaches), citrus, aniseed
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, dry, fruity, grassy

  23. Abadon05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite delicious and pleasing. A nice blend. In particular, the bright tropical fruits but very much. Unfortunately, but the very expensive price prevents a bottle purchase.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nice sweet nose. Bright fruit basket covered with honey. A little reserved. Just as easy cereal notes.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The sweetness continues. Likewise the tropical bright fruits. Already round and smooth. Mild and sweet at the same time. The honey takes in a light spice. In the background some oak and cereal.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short to medium. A bit too fast for my taste. The sweetness turns a bit into bitterness and dryness. Still juicy, so in the direction of blood orange.

  24. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Pretty good whisky, mild and pleasant with quite rich nose. Well balanced, without any sharp corners, however the palate is rather simple. The finish is pleasant but not very long. You can neither say anything bad about this whisky nor actually anything going beyond just "good". With it's price starting from 150 euros looks really overpriced.
    • Nose
      Fresh, slightly malty, green pear, earthy notes, fruit caramel, some sour notes (white wine?), oat cookies, lemon zest, almost insensible touch of smoke, vanilla notes after adding water
    • Taste
      Sweet, a bit spicy, buttery, fruity (peach, pear), vanilla, touch of salt and smoke, walnut, some vegetables
    • Finish
      Medium-long, with some malt and spices (nutmeg, pepper), slowly getting dry, light touch of smoke

  25. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    As we have come to expect from Compass Box, this is very, very well made. An excellent start of a tasteful 2018! The different components fall perfectly into place, painting a beautiful picture with all kinds of small details that you only notice when you spent some time with this whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The first impression is that of fresh yellow fruits, lots of them, including oranges, mirabelle plums, juicy pears and green apples. Very fragrant with a slight spicy edge containing vanilla and white pepper. Some range flavoured candy, and many white grapes, which reminds me of some of the recent single cask cognacs from the SMWS that I have tasted. From the beginning on there is a lovely earthy, nutty and floral undercurrent that comes more and more to the surface over time. A comparison to the Kilkerran 12 years jumps into my mind. I also find earthy white wines, or champagne, buttercups, magnolias, walnut oil, and more freshly pressed white grapes. It remains astonishingly fresh with a large depth to it, displaying a concert of various fruity, earthy and floral tones into my mouth.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Bitter oranges, citrus sweets, glazed nuts and honey covered pears form the foreplay, before the earthy side comes up. The palate offers more of a kick with pepper, paprika, and vegetal notes of celery and cabbage. This is pretty feisty, but it remains in check by a fruity undercurrent of citrus sweets, pears and white grapes. It has also something from spring-like with rubbed leaves and freshly cut grass.
    • Finish
      88 88
      There is a long and steady aftertaste with persistent oranges, oils and even a hint of peat in the distance.

  26. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I like Compass Box whisky. It always gives an interesting taste. Sometimes it’s awesome, sometimes - not bad. But it isn’t underwhelm you. Like and new - Phenomenology with 46% abv.
    Colour: gold.
    Nose: sweet, oak, pears, croissant, sweet fruits, caramel, light fruit rottenness, apples and pears stones, furniture varnish.
    Mouth: sweet with light sourness, pepper, oak and pear peel.
    Finish: middle with spices, vanilla, oak, varnish and pears notes.
    Phenomenology is a good balanced and smooth whisky. It’s good, but I expect something more. I gave 84 points, although at first my rating was 82, but I raised up it at the end of tasting.

  27. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 92.5 points to the Phenomenology.

  28. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Phenomeno... Phenomenology! Phenomeno... 

    Tasted this dram at a Boogieman end-of-the-year tasting in Rijswijk, end november 2017.

    It comes quite clear when smelling this dram that Compass Box likes Clynelish, and so do I!

    On the nose fruity, strawberry cream, apples, banana and vanilla.

    On the taste more pineapple and pears show themselves, including the Clynelish waxiness, stronger on the taste than in the smell.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. rb854 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      In the start there are some fresh grassy notes, apples. The fruitiness remains, waxy, malt, vanilla. A hint of cinnamon, some woody notes, cake and apple juice.
    • Taste
      Smooth and powerful, vanilla, fruity, waxy, aniseed, apples, peach, a hint of citrus, a bit tea-like.
    • Finish
      Lingers well, fruity, peach. It reminds me of fruit tea.

  30. Bosi scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Again a super composed Whiskey by Compass Box. Unfortunately, he suffers from the same weakness as many whiskeys of this bottler: The final product is almost too smooth. I often miss a few corners and edges. This would have needed it to push into the absolute top area.
    • Nose
      The whiskey takes time in the glass to develop its full potential. It starts slightly minerally with honey and a bit waxy (almost like Clynelish without a Clynelish in the Mashbill). Later, more rich notes of moss and autumn leaves and cider follow.
    • Taste
      The taste also starts with honey and a lot of cayenne pepper. Then take over the Fisherman's Friends and citrus notes. The texture is wonderfully oily for the alcohol content.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long. The citrus notes and a few wild berries remain. In the mouth you can taste the whiskey even longer.

  31. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: clearly reminiscent of the mid 90’s Clynelish profile. Fresh melons, red apples, peaches and some lemon / lime. Malty notes. Warm vanilla cake with icing. Subtle wax and damp oak. Just a hint of marshmallow / marzipan. Nicely warm and fruity, simply very good. Mouth: quite rich and creamy, in the same style. Sweets fruits (peaches, apples), balanced by zesty notes (lemon, grapefruit) and a touch of aniseed. Maybe a hint of pineapple. The same waxiness – again there’s clearly Clynelish in here. Fades on red apple peelings with a faint grassy / salty edge. Finish: long, with some drying grassy notes andIt’s really good – I like this style and whatever the other components may be, they support each other. On the other hand I feel it’s not much of a ‘creation’ this time: you can get similar and equally impressive Clynelish for much less, sometimes half the price. What’s the point in buying it as a blended malt? 

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/blends/compass-box-phenomenology/

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