No Name Blended Malt Scotch Whisky CB

Overall rating
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 14 09 17
Added on
14 Aug 2017 6:05 pm by Christine1971

Average value

€ 146,00

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297 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for No Name Blended Malt Scotch Whisky CB

62 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.42 points

  1. mullos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

        75.5% of the spirit is from malt whisky produced at Pier Road Islay (Ardbeg) which comes in Re-Charred American Standard Barrels. These barrels add Intense smoke, peaty and tarry characteristics.

        10.6% is from Refill American Standard Barrels coming from a distillery near the village of Port Askaig (Caol Ila) which provides light smoke and medicinal aromas.

        13.4% is Re-Charred Hogsheads from the village of Brora (Clynelish). These bring out waxy, fruity and ethereal flavors.

        0.5% is a Highland Malt Blend matured in heavy toast French oak hybrid casks with caramel and clove-spice touch.

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Blending single malts is an art, this is fine art.
    • Nose
      Oh what a nice nose.

      Very gentle with little to no alc feel to it.

      It's not young briny peat, rather more matured mix of smoke, although the peaty origin is obvious.

      An autumn feel to it, decaying moss and leaves.

      Clear underlying note of citrus, not too zesty, not bitter lemon/lime but more sweet grapefruit.

      Some rubber and heated engine oil, combined it reminds me of the carbon tip of a freshly sharpened HB pencil.

      Give it some time and more yellow fruit make it's way up through the smoke.
    • Taste
      Oily slick mouthfeel.

      Certainly a kick of smoke, but I'm surpriced by the rapid follow up of thick oily nuttyness.

      Actually a really nice combination, why isn't there anyone making peat roasted nuts?

      The citrus and fruit is hard to separate out, but it's definately there, giving the really heavy smoke a rather fresh feel.

      At every second swallow I get a light flash of mint before it quikcly turn into burnt rubber.

      The alc feel is just right for sipping neat, no burn and very little spice.

      It's well complex with a good ballance.
    • Finish
      Medium+ lenght.

      Soft licorice, almost Panda like.

      Old wet leather.

      And I find a slightly bittersweet strong coffee to last longest.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Box, bottle, wax seal... the presentation sets some high expectations, and the contents deliver.
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      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compass Box:

    "This is the most powerful Whiskey Compass Box has ever made, and they chose the name for" NO NAME. "The idea for this limited edition came to John Glaser and his team when they discovered a pack of American oak barrels with mature, massive peaty single malt whiskey from a well-known distillery on Pier Road, in the southeast of Islay.

    This whiskey got NO NAME, so no name just for the whiskey
    to speak for themselves. He is massive when it comes to the intensity and complexity of the flavors. A whiskey that is full of complex peat but balances with fruity notes and fine sweetness.

    The main ingredient of the recipe comes from the distillery on Pier Road.
    The balancing whiskeys come from the distillery in the village of Port Askaig with its elegant, slightly restrained, peaty malt whiskey. To get depth and fruit character they added a small portion of a very popular distillery from the village of Brora in the northern Highlands. Finally, there is a touch of Malt Whiskey * from French oak, which provide a beautiful sweetness and richness.

    Tasting Notes
    : A campfire-like smoke in the nose with a capacity that is alternately dry and medicinal with notes of autumnal leaves. A powerful smokiness and tangibility also follows in the taste, this is accentuated by hints of ripe cherries, palates and spices.

    : An ideal whiskey for pure enjoyment in small sips. Maybe with a small splash of water or even an ice cube. This will gradually expose the complexity of this whiskey by slow dilution.

    (* A Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey, composed of 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine and
    20% Teaninich. All whiskeys are fully matured and get a second maturation in highly active hybrid barrels for several years.) "



  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Starts somewhat closed off but gets better as the bottle level drops.

    Edit: I put this away for a few months till February 2019, now with 1/3 emptied it's becoming really great.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Earthy peat smoke, lemon, lime, tropical fruits, peaches, a mild salty sea breeze, salted liquorice honey, vanilla custard, pencil shavings.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full bodied, quite a creamy mouthfeel, dry peat smoke, dried lemons, dried apricots, honied liquorice and lots of black pepper
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long and warming, charcoal (tunes somewhat down as the level in the bottle drops), loads of black liquorice, honey and black pepper.

  6. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very nice blended scotch. Has a certain elegance with high impact sweet-peat smokiness.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Musty peat, underlining iodine, lime & lemon, very subtle burnt sugar, old-honey vanilla.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Thick sweet peat smoke, salty sweetness, a shade of iodine, some white fruit.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium, sweet peat with light candy fruits.

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Softened peat, tarry smoke, an underlying sweetness, a bit dusty even. Some lemon and lime but not as much as the naked 10. Really harmonious. 

    Palate: Very Ardbeg, and very good. Some melons like honeydew are faintly there as is some waxiness which gives it a great mouth feel. Shortbread, a nice underlying sweetness.  

    Finish: great tarry smoke and light spice finish. More understated and balanced than the othe Ardbeg OBs. But a huge chunk of Ardbeg makes itself known in this whisky and that’s really awesome that it still kept its identity. 

    Summary: If I was a whisky investor, (which I am not) I would buy this stuff by the case. I just can’t see it being replicated like flaming heart for example (also fantastic). I think a year after this stuff is all gone it will be one of those, remember Compass Box No Name? Compass box is pretty collectible in its own right with its snazzy packaging and next level marketing. Ardbeg is arguably currently the most collectible, so it’s a bit of a double whammy. Also, it’s pretty damn good. Just a masterpiece of blending in my Opinion, with each ingredient complementing the other. All this at an extremely fair price ($120 Canadian). A modest price for a Compass Box, and an even more modest price for 75% 2003 Ardbeg. All this is great, but it is important to keep in mind that sometimes hype overshadows the fact whisky like Ardbeg 10, Corry, and Oogie are still really really good and some would argue better. Still a knockout whisky at a fair price which is the real win here. Easy buy.

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  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, fine fruity peat, characteristic of a blended mixture.
    On the palate, symbiosis between Islay's fine peat and characteristic lemon, between the more raw peat and sodden wood and between the fatty, oily aromatic and vanilla side, which gives thrills but a little disparate, none taking over , which annoys me a little, return of fine spices.
    The explosion in the mouth of this impression lasts.
    In the final, the same scents but which diminish a little.
    A surprising dram, it's very good, it's almost nippon !!, but it lacks a strong characteristic in terms of scents, a blend remains a blend for me!

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Gerhans scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    I bought a bottle last week. Yesterday I poured my first dram of this stuff, here are my findings:


    What an esthetically pleasing bottle. The cork has been sealed with wax, which gives it a somewhat nostalgic feel, and the black on black with complementary gold lettering really invites you to this drink. The mellow gold color of the dram is very pleasing too, it definitely looks like Ardbeg.


    Incredible. What a nose. An incredible melange of different kinds of smoke. Definitely the peaty smoke of Pier Road, but also a more complex, musty smoke, almost like a smoldering bonfire that's been doused by an autumn rain. Autumn leaves come to mind as well. It's a pretty damp nose at first, but in a very good way. Further nosing leads to the typical Ardbeg-y lime zest and ripe apple/pear notes. There is little to no alcohol on the nose, giving away that this isn't a blend of very young whiskies.


    The first taste is a little overwhelming due to its smoky complexity. Besides the smoke, there is a definite nutty flavor at first and a very oily palate. There is also a motor/engine-oilish flavor somewhere in there, which put me off a bit at first but actually works really well with the whisky. A few sips down the line, the complexity starts to clear up as your brain adjusts to the smoke galore. It is then that this whisky really starts to shine. The smoke is still present but starts to give way to citrus fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, ripe apples and a tobacco hint, but also a briny maritime character, which reminded me strongly of sal ammoniac licorice (a popular licorice in the Netherlands). The undertone does bring back memories to Clynelish, with a bitter sweetness, some oranges and leather.


    The finish is medium long. The smoke and nuttiness lingers on, with those typical briny licorice and tobacco notes, very warming. A very unusual but undeniably pleasant aftertaste.


    This is the stuff that proves the added complexity a blended malt can provide when a connoisseur is in charge of handpicking the barrels. Complex layers of smoke, coastal, bittersweet and damp. If you love Ardbeg, this is an immediate buy. If you love peaty whisky altogether, this is a masterclass in tasting notes and complexity of smoke. Compass Box delivered a massively interesting dram that definitely reminds of Ardbeg, but with added depth and layers.
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