No Name Blended Malt Scotch Whisky CB

Overall rating
88.29/100
votes
449
Whiskybase ID
WB99601
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Re-Charred & Refill American Oak
Number of bottles
15000
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 14 09 17
Barcode
5065000482329
Added on
14 aug 2017 6:05 pm by wbarchive_36565
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 251.60

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Whisky reviews for No Name Blended Malt Scotch Whisky CB

98 users have left 108 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.29 points.

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    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.

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  3. Remu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A very majestic heavy peat whisky
    The elements blend very cleverly and harmoniously
    No surprises, but a delicious whisky
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dry strong peat, mixed with dried tea leaves
      The sea breeze mixed with lemon peel oil, a touch of tobacco
      Some herbs that seem to be absent, a little pepper aroma
    • Taste
      88 88
      The body is very rounded and seems to have some tannin astringency just in the mouth
      Excellent lemon aroma, light white pepper spicy, some hints of toasted malt, English muffins
      Some herbal tea flavors as a finish
    • Finish
      87 87
      Not rich but relatively long, pepper salt, a light tea aroma, some citrus peel aromas, a light sweetness of maltose, and some smoked meat-like smoke

  4. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    Isn't 'No Name' a name? That would make it an oxymoron, which is pretty clever marketing. The nose of this dram is screaming Ardbeg, as briny and slightly medicinal peat smoke rules over anise, lemon zest and menthol cigarettes. Hints of engine oil, burned rubber and cloves add another layer. Honeyed and peaty in the arrival, the taste evolves with peppercorn, vanilla and citrus fruits, while eucalyptus, salt and lingering ash migrate into the long and satisfactory finish. Pure, raw and without compromise, this Compass Box does indeed require no name.

    RATING: 4.4/5.0 stars ≙ 90 pts → SUPERB [-]
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. -sAxo- scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  6. stalker1971 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2022] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is an excellent example of a delicious and interesting modern dram. Of course, this is more wood- than spirit -driven but all aromas and flavours are in balance hence it turns not into a simple and boring profile (like other heavily "spiked" drams). Easy to sip and enjoyable to explore. After adding some water it turns even more smooth and quaffable, I like to explore this dram neat and after that I enjoy it at around 43% abv.

  8. marsatwar123 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    typical islay

    warm peat,reminding me a warm afternoon at the beach,

    even salty wind is also warm.

  9. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. marcusjang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It opens up with the characteristic smoky Kildalton nose. And the rest of the dram lives up to the expectation. The peat smoke is restrained while the fruity notes accentuate the treble. My only complaint is about the slight metallic tinge towards the end of the finish.
    • Nose
      Brief apple juice, peat smoke & bonfire smoke, seaweeds, lemon zest, wet rocks
    • Taste
      Thick oily texture, apple & pear juice, bonfire smoke, burnt sugar, black peppers, brine, hint of iodine, smoked salmon
    • Finish
      Slight tobacco & tea leaves, salt, quite long, smoked salmon, burnt sugar, orange zest, hint of metallic tinge, slightly waxy, ends in mineral notes

  11. rdk88 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  12. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    N : gentle, quickly evolving on a citric peat. Puff pastry base, nutty kerosene with a green twist (chlorophyll or is it juniperus ?). Even a bit of citrus. Everything stands together very well.
    M : oily. On the Ardbeg side of the nose, juniperus and pepper, astringent. Not gentle like the nose, the sweeter aspects are really thin here. Still good, but wouldn't any Ardbeg at this price tag be ?
    F : ends like an over infused Lapsang Souchong tea, with a distinct smokiness for the first time. Bitterness of a nut skin. Cold Fine 120 menthol. I like this, reminiscent of some clay pot distilled Mezcals.

    I can only be sad that the mouth doesn't keep up with the rest. 7/10

  13. penumbra scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Whoops, no, if this wine can reach 89, how many points are you going to give Ardbeg 10? Is this looking down on Liang Sidun nakedly?
    • Nose
      If you are not too demanding, you can fight Ardbeg 10. There are similar oils, vanilla and fruit, peat is dry based on Abbe tar, seaweed, and bourbon. The first idea is to mix Laphroaig, but Caol Ila's pencil shavings are justified.
    • Taste
      This degree is basically useless, but it is not as good as the 46% abv of OB. Bourbon peat with charcoal grill, salt grill, maple syrup, wood, table salt and other flavors. It has a low complexity and some soybeans, lemongrass and citrus fruits in the tail.

      Generally, average fat, sweet, no acid, no tannins, no astringency, slight bitterness, no pungency, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Generally, sea salt, Buddha incense, nut oil, lime zest, asphalt and peat.

  14. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I think it's a nice whiskey, just not very deep. Still, this whiskey scores high for me, because I really appreciate it.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoke with peat, tart white grape, rubber, charcoal,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smoke, peat, tart white grape, rubber, charcoal,
    • Finish
      85 85
      Smoke, peat, tart white grape, rubber, charcoal.

  15. swk27844 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  16. amahl scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Nose
    A malty and nutty nose, accompanied by quite prominent smoke and sweet dark fruits. Hints of brine and earthiness, but not like your typical islay, it’s more delicate. There’s some fresh fruit as well, oranges maybe.

    Taste
    A bit more earthy than on the nose. Ashy, some brine, with that same nutty malt note that showed up on the nose. Quite fruity as well, more fresh fruit on the palate, citrus and something sweeter, honey and some pepperiness. With a little water there’s more dried fruit showing up.

    Finish
    Quite long, more peat now, brine and licorice that lingers. It’s a very nice finish.

  17. dramidaris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  19. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Multifaceted, balanced, rich in shades and tones Blended Malt. Definitely recommended for "familiarization"!
    • Nose
      From the very first seconds after opening the sample, you understand that it is peated malt in front of you. "Smoke" immediately enters the nostrils and also rapidly recedes into the background, making room for other aromas. The nose clearly feels metal, earth, dry wood, not a lot of "medicine" (it looks like a tourniquet forgotten in a first-aid kit). But that's not all! Fruit and confectionery notes are also well heard - apricot, pear, toffee, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Soft, balanced, with a pleasant citrus acidity. Unripe fruits, red currants, sweet pastries. There is peat, but it is very delicate, not "clogging" everything else.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, pleasant, with sweet and sour undertones and a slight haze in the background.

  20. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Multifaceted, balanced, rich in shades and tones Blended Malt. Definitely recommended for "familiarization"!
    • Nose
      From the very first seconds after opening the sample, you understand that it is peated malt in front of you. "Smoke" immediately enters the nostrils and also rapidly recedes into the background, making room for other aromas. The nose clearly feels metal, earth, dry wood, not a lot of "medicine" (it looks like a tourniquet forgotten in a first-aid kit). But that's not all! Fruit and confectionery notes are also well heard - apricot, pear, toffee, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Soft, balanced, with a pleasant citrus acidity. Unripe fruits, red currants, sweet pastries. There is peat, but it is very delicate, not "clogging" everything else.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, pleasant, with sweet and sour undertones and a slight haze in the background.

  21. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful malt. The aroma is leather, peat and lemon. The body is very thick - fish, peat and lemon. I think the age is 18+. Most likely there is Caol ila and some Laphroaig. I really enjoyed it. If it is sold for 120 €, it is more likely that it cost 80-90 €. For this price, I would buy a bottle.

  22. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Lots of ardbeg, peat and citrus. Pretty close to the ten. Something astonishingly medical and a light touch of a warmth, with a nice sweetness. Fine part.

  24. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 91 points Shoplink Moderator

    Absolutely a spectacular affair and living proof that well-blended blended malt can often be much better than many single malt whiskeys. One of those bottles I'll never have enough of. As in the case of Flaming Heart 5th Edition, although FH is still a good bit higher in my rankings.
    • Nose
      Licorice! And how! Some spices (mostly anise) and tanned wood. Oyster. Burnt plastic. Coffee grounds. Mint Tea and Pastis. Slightly toluene. Slightly resin. Yolk cream.

      After adding water, the smell of licorice and anise is still very visible. Overall, however, the smell is less intense. Ginger, baked cookies.
    • Taste
      Sweetness combined with light pepperiness, but also bitterness. Gradually increasing hotness (something like chilli). Vanilla cream with pepper, rhubarb. Sausage burnt over the fire. Anise liqueur and licorice candy. High percentage dark chocolate. Citrus peel and gradually something like fermented orange juice. There is also a strange plastic taste.

      With water, the taste is softer and denser. Sweetened, condensed milk. The soft burning of the chilli persists and the smokyness and maltiness are emphasized. Mint and pepper mixed with honey. A slight hint of plastic and rubber persists.
    • Finish
      Licorice, cane molasses, ginger jelly and grapefruit peel. Quite dry enough. A longer time after swallowing is followed by intense menthol freshness combined with ash. Oyster. But also raw egg yolk.

      After adding water, the mint freshness emerges even more. After a while, a salty pickle. Salted and lightly smoked pineapple. Grapefruit pulp. Grape seeds and bitter cucumber.

  25. HedonistMan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Peated and smokey, and salted, like seawind
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  26. Dogs2 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  27. KonstUA scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22.5, taste 22.5, finish 22, balance 22

  28. DennisV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  29. HedonistMan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smoked like Peat Monster ????, but little bit gentle
    • Nose
      93 93
      Spicy
    • Taste
      93 93
      More fruits than Monster
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long and powerful

  30. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Inexorably Islay

    When Compass Box launched this whisky, they decided to give it no name, so the whisky could speak for itself. A bit of marketing BS, no doubt, but it has to be said: the bottle looks great and mysterious. Compass Box is very transparent about the contents though: 75.5% Ardbeg, 10.6% Caol Ila, 13.4% Clynelish and the last half percent is their own Highland Blend (which is very similar to their Oak Cross, i.e. 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine and 20% Teaninich).

    The nose immediately and inexorably catapults me to Islay. The typical peat with some salty notes (se breeze) and medicinal notes greet me as soon as I put my nose in the glass. This is clearly Ardbeg, but with a sweet twist. Some banana, smoked ham with peppercorns, stock fish and vanilla. Great nose if you like peat. But it’s much more than just a peat bomb, which Ardbeg can often be. Dare I say it? That this is almost perfect?

    Creamy on the palate, very clean peat, smoldering wood, brackish water, very smoky, smoked ham and smoke salmon. From the second sip on it becomes saltier and smokier still. The sweet elements of the nose barely have chance. And still it’s great.

    The finish is wonderfully long, very salty and smoke and quite satisfying.

    Beautiful packaging, great whisky, affordable price. What’s not to like? This is among the best John Glaser and his team have created.

  31. Yarema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It seems to me that this is a light Ardberg + comrades in arms ... Very smooth whisky
    Nose - 22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 87

  32. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F22 B22

  33. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22,5-22-22,5-22

  34. TsiAI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 25℃

    Viewing Eyes: Light gold and fragrant Nose: Predictable heavy peat with obvious tannins, firstly white vinegar, cream cake, white portuguese boiled tape and shellfish juice. After a few minutes, there was a sashimi-like greasy feeling, a little nine-story tower and rose salt. Followed by vanilla pods, lemongrass, a bit of raw melon and alkaline bread.
    Taste Palate: The smoke is strong but soft, gentler than expected. Burning vegetation and waves hit the reef, bringing out some melons, creamy seafood soup and crab sticks. Smoked salmon squeezed with lemon juice, crushed pepper, a little thyme and rosemary.
    The layers of peat are rich and changeable, mixed with cream, mint and umami.
    Finish: long and full, vanilla milk ice cream, seaweed shrimp skin, orange peel body: oily, medium, no tannin, slightly bitter bottom

    Nose: 89/100
    Palate: 89/100
    Finish: 89/100
    Body: 89/100
    Overall: 89/100

  35. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

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

    21 22 21 22 86 - from the opening

    21 23 22 22 88 - breathing!

  38. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  39. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F21 B22

  40. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  41. sengaia scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is very very good whisky. Ardbeg’s signature earthy peat combined with Clynelish’ waxiness make a fantastic pair. To reproduce a similar experience, make a blend of Ardbeg 10 with Clynelish 14. Not as unique as this, but certainly more obtainable.

  42. Kumachan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    No Name is a blend of predominantly peated blended malt.
    Ardbeg, Caol Ila and Clynelish, which brings softness and freshness.

    This No Name has a frank and peaty nose, very concentrated, its smoke is thick, earthy and mineral, the iodized and saline breeze, Ardbeg speaks with its lemon, zest and pulp, it is fresh and tangy.
    Licorice combined with exotic fruits such as pineapple from Caol Ila offers great indulgence before ending with honey, beeswax and white Clynelish flowers, small and tender pastry and vanilla notes round off the whole.

    The first encounter of this blend in the mouth is powerful, very peaty, dominated by the darkness of mineral and rocky smoke, blond tobacco and a vanilla liquorice wood.
    Rich and ample, honey and flowers, it's thick.
    Tenderness sets in with a lemon meringue pie.
    The tongue jumps, it is indeed slightly spicy at the end of the mouth.

    The finish is good, combining white flowers, honey, liquorice and pepper.
    Persistence smoke.

    Here is a very beautiful blend, perfectly produced and balanced, each of the identities retains their attributes and expresses them in beautiful ways.
    A success

  43. Valérie scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  45. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  46. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  47. MGHOW scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Nose: Flinty mineral peat, ripe citrus fruit.

    Taste: Delicious and juicy, sweet and rich with peat tang. So much better than the standard Ardbeg to my mind since it is richer, thicker and juicier... Such an easy drinking, pure and well balanced whisky..... the spirits involved are of an exceptional quality of distillation.

    It seems light and rich at the same time, perfectly balanced.

    Delicious finish, slightly dry but not excessively so.....

    This whisky is of such taste and quality that it makes your day just by drinking it, some kind of bottled elixir.

    I would say this is an absolute classic, reminds me of classic Brora. Shame it doesn't come cheap but this is one to keep for years to come.

  48. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very Ardbeg nose, powerful, black smoke combined with ample and vegetal peat. Then white fruits, citrus fruits. A slightly cherry touch, a salty, iodized side, I imagine it's Caol Ila. Tide. Clynelish's candle wax / camphor side barely feels. Light and nuanced palate, quite Highlands, then the pepper rises, coarse salt, seaweed. Not too explosive but very long finish, tobacco, dark chocolate, spices, cardamom, cigar ash. Heathland.
    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/09/no-name.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  49. Varrek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Good and round, doesn't feels like young
    • Nose
      88 88
      Gentle smoke, light fruits
    • Taste
      89 89
      still delicate and round peat, light fruits, minerals, a bit ashy
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, dry, ashy with peat snd citrus note

  50. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ardbeg, caol ila and Clynelish for a peaty blended malt with dryness of smoke, peat fat but fine, a waxy side, almost velvety for a good time with yellow fruits, a few herbs and agglomerated spices.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  51. Misterioso scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A more wonderful example of a very successful Malt Blending. Everything is just right here. A wonderful barrel selection compiled by an absolute expert in idelaen drinking strength. Not cheap but worth every euro. A must for South Islay lovers.
    • Nose
      93 93
      What a nose! A wonderful mix of different types of smoke, with the typical smoke of Pier Road in the foreground, then the notes of a slightly musty smoke from a smoldering autumn fire appear, blending into notes of earth and damp foliage. The whole very strong and impressive but also very pleasant and balanced. Behind it, the citrus flavors typical of Pier Road's whiskey, followed by beautiful apple and pear notes, appear. The alcohol is very restrained and there is no evidence of a young whiskey. Everything is wonderfully mature and balanced and perfectly balanced.
    • Taste
      94 94
      At the first sip you are overwhelmed by the impressive complexity of the smoke. In addition, there is also a distinct nut flavor paired with a pleasantly oily taste. A South Islay-typical sulfurous and well-integrated engine oil component, adds. Once this first storm is over, the whiskey gains in complexity and in addition to the ever-present smoke wonderful citrus flavors, grapefruit, orange peel, ripe apples and notes of freshly opened pipe tobacco to the fore, which is still a salty sea spray, with interwoven hints of licorice , joined. At the end the taste of bitter orange and a leathery component appear. Despite the overwhelming smoky notes in the beginning, it is wonderfully complex and balanced, with no trace of young whiskey here.
    • Finish
      92 92
      A long finish in which the smoke and the nuttiness linger long. Add to that a salty liquorice, an aromatic tobacco note and a nice spice. An unusual, but also undeniably very pleasant, interesting and long warming finish.

  52. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, but quite simple and straightforward whiskey, nothing in excess of the standard smoky-bourbon program, but what has been done well.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, peat, ash, some rubber, charred branches, smoked meats, some resin and needles, fresh boards, wood dust.
    • Taste
      Thick, saturated, peat, grain, ash, oak, sweet creamy notes, smoked meat, puer, lemon peel in tea.
    • Finish
      Soft, moderate, grain, peat, light smoke, oak, leather goods.

  53. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Extremely rounded aroma, delicate and balanced. Nothing extra. The fit of the elements at all stages is simply amazing. Elegant balance. Straight like a railway track. A surprisingly delicate whiskey with Ayla component.
    • Nose
      Meets delicate Ayla, farm, sour peat, smoke, sea (seaweed), iodine, mineral, citrus notes, oily, vanilla, herbs / roots, a little oak, leather, hay, touch of medical theme, salty, light smokiness cream in eclair.
    • Taste
      Smoke, peat, citrus fruits, sweet rubber, dried fruits, oily, rounded, balanced.
    • Finish
      A little smoky, pepper, oily, sweet, long, peat, rubber, medical theme, soot, fuel oil, walnut in the skin, iodine.

  54. Roland7 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Medicines, smoke, electrical wiring, rubber, pepper, nutmeg, jasmine, walnut, old wood, parmesan

  55. Implar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I’ve put this next to my Flaming Heart and yes, this is quite a bit peatier. I love how focussed it comes across, very nice blending there!

    http://awhiskyjourney.com
    • Nose
      A very strong peatsmoke comes out of the glass. I’m envisioning standing on a dune in windy weather, waves crashing on the shore. Salt, sea air, wonderful. In the back, there’s some banana notes, smoked ham and a hint of medicinality (is that even a word? You know what I mean).
    • Taste
      Ultra clean, concise, focussed peat. Wood still smoldering, smoked salmon. At the end the salt begins to amp up it’s volume.
    • Finish
      The salty notes are prominent here, quite an oily mouthfeel. The smoke still lingers too for quite a long finish.

  56. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  57. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  58. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  59. mandragoru scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  60. Grutslurp scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Ashy peat, citrus fruitiness, a bit of woodsmoke and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, then peat and ash.
    • Finish
      Waxy lemons, then a dry and peaty.

  61. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It was clear that I had to have it. I was not disappointed, the base may not be that famous for its age but the overall result is perfect! A clear buy recommendation from the PLV. Despite hidden youth :-)
    • Nose
      Benevolent nose. Calm and serene, it impresses with classic citrus notes. Clynelish sweetness in the foreground.
      If Ardbeg is the base, then he was the younger generation.
    • Taste
      Full program of citrus towards grapefruit. Apple Helene plus peat and smoke at its best. It is therefore complex and elegant. Impressive for a blend. Sour and sweet with enough pepper in balance. But even here he betrays himself through the youth. Wonderfully oily and full. He goes there with a smoky lemon. respect
    • Finish
      Medium to long and full. It subsides and says goodbye a little drier with a sooty note in the background. But not a weakness but something extra and special. Impression: You come back to the damp, extinguished campfire the next morning. In a class of its own. You have to like it. Not mine. A must for Rauch friends!

  62. Markie81 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  63. GWMingus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice smoke, some tar, a little medicine, and wonderful sweetness. I could nose this all day long. Beautiful balance. Just a tad thin and quick on the finish. Love it.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  64. Kaleva scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, quite complex and doesn't feel young at any moment. The central core is smoke, it's strong but very gentle. During tasting one can feel many different smoky notes: bonfire, farmyard, rubber. I immediately felt the smell of my old diving mask, which was made of real rubber, not a modern silicone. After some time this whisky gives an autumn feeling most likely because of burnt leaves associations, so it's definitely not a summer dram. For this quality whisky the price of 100 euros doesn't look too high so it's a good idea to have this bottle in your home bar.
    • Nose
      Smoke, rubber, leather, wet clay, some tropical fruits, lemon zest, vanilla, farmyard notes after adding water
    • Taste
      Sweet, smoky, a hint of salt, rose pepper, oranges, red apple, rubbery notes, touch of coffee
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, smoky, mouthwatering at the beginning but getting dry quite soon, pecan nut notes and autumn feeling at the end

  65. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Ashy, dry peat, lemon, vanilla, oak.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Rich ashy peat, oily, lemon, honey, oak spice, soft grain.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Velvety, smoke, spice, and watery honey. Long billowing finish.

  66. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  67. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  68. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.

  69. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N 21 P 22 F 21 B 22

  70. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Like many Compass Box of the upper price range, this one is also pretty dirty with a lot of Islay content and you can tell that, I like the mixes they make of it.
    • Nose
      Very dry, ashy, autumn leaves, dusty wooden floor, chestnut, licorice, oak, malt and a hint of salt, iodine, algae, some lemon, lime and some floral, slightly sweet grapefruit and lead
    • Taste
      Gentle on the nose, beautiful mixture of salt and oily smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, malt, herbal honey, leather and algae, slightly burnt tires and roasted nuts
    • Finish
      Medium length, liquorice, toasted notes, leather notes, bitter choco and some maritime in between

  71. jeoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  72. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  73. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    amazing "blend" - had the first dram during an ardbeg whisky night (Ten, uige, kelpie, an oa, dark cove,...) and it totally stood up and proudly when doing so! the rest of the bottle went down way too fast.

    great great nose! amazingly well crafted, you can nose this for quite some time, after a while beautiful ripened tropical fruits appear on top of the peaty bassline, there's also a pronounced hospital disinfection smell in there :)

    lovely taste, so much going on, good abv, rather ideal in fact, and what a finish!!

    also goes extremely well with a Duvel Tripel Hop Citra*!
    *what doesn't
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  74. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balance (23) Elegant work ... an empty glass smells of hay in the barn, with dust and a matchbox ????♂️ (90)
    • Nose
      Sweet peat ... baking ... wax ... citrus ... grass ... vanilla and powdered sugar ... just a little rubber and medicine ... raw dough (22)
    • Taste
      Oily, salty, peppery ... lemon (22,5)
    • Finish
      Finish wax, fruity ... smoky ... medical glove with talc ... burnt match ... lemon and salt (22,5)

  75. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Creosote, iodine, sea salt, sweet fruits, fresh grass, baking spices notes on nose.

    Creosote, spices, dried fruits, apples, dust, oak dryness and a little bit sweet notes on taste.

    Long finish with spices, creosote, oak dryness, vanilla, apples notes.

    This whisky is a peated monster! The peat and sweet! 

  76. Menko scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I like peat, don't get me wrong, but this is like drinking from a leaking chimney.

    Beautiful bottle, smells great when you open it, but one zip is enough to know this is just to much.  The real quality reveals itself after a minute in the aftertaste when the prominent peat/coal has faded away.

     
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      90 90

  77. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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.

    90/100
    • Nose
      1 1
    • Taste
      1 1
    • Finish
      1 1

  78. wisekyofcourse 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!

  79. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  80. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Creamy vanilla, whipped cream, salty peatsmoke, the seashore, wet gravel, icing sugar, lemon cake, lemon balm, candy floss, roasted nuts, cashews, almonds (a typical Caol Ila marker). Wet earth, A little freshly sawn oak. Some cooling menthol in the background. Its “one”, nothing sticks out, the malts are perfectly knitted together.Mouth: Zingy arrival! Icing sugar and truckloads of tar and brine almost explode on the palate. Turns more herbal and dry. Seasalt and bitter lemonpeel. Roasted cashews, garden herbs, verbene, thyme, spearmint, some licorice. The crisp finish is on peat and menthol, Nice!Comments: On first nosing it reminded me of the great Airigh nam Beist, just the oak is a little bit too obvious and of course it feels younger than ANB. Overall its a great Blended Malt. A shame they are not disclosing the age on this one. Anyway, if you like modern Ardbeg, go for it. /88

    https://justadram.org/compass-box-no-name-nas-48-9-vol/

  81. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, apple juice, vanilla, honey, peach and lime. A pine forest in autumn. Then eucalyptus. 
    • Taste
      Peat, peach, apple and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, apple compote and peach.

  82. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  83. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  84. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Pearbogger and i enjoyed it immensely. 
    • Nose
      Apart from the obvious there is rubber bands, fresh bread dough. this isn't intense in your face as some of them. In fact it really is subdued, as if it's holding something back. When the tide goes out and you can walk amongst the exposed rocks, it has that smell to it.
    • Taste
      If the nose seemed to hold something back, the taste definitely does not, a full onslaught and it's quite something. Very fresh with lemon and mint. After time liquorice joins the party but it's  coated in something sweet, like a liquorice allsort. 
    • Finish
      The finish is very long and it leaves a gentle reminder of it's best parts.

  85. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  86. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good Ardbeg/Clynelish combo.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  87. theograph scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good material!
    • Nose
      Creamy vanilla, lemon, greens, dry wood - clear association with Ardmore!
    • Taste
      Strong smoke, citrus full, oak and a lot of spice, powerful!
    • Finish
      Citrus, oak, very warm, medium long;

  88. Mascht scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      next to the strong peat smoke a lot of vanilla, Panna Cotta but a bit closed
    • Taste
      astringent, tannins and citrus
    • Finish
      very long

  89. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  90. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  91. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  92. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Delicious blended malt, nice balance between peat, smoke and sweet and fruity notes.
    • Nose
      Wood fire smoke, some peat, also some tobacco, autumn forest after a rain shower. Full smell, rubber, wood, also some fruit.
    • Taste
      Salmiak in the beginning, therefore soft and full, wood fire smoke, peat, fruity undertone. prunes, honey, spicy, and caramel.
    • Finish
      Again some salmiak, liquorice, soft and warm, long. wood fire smoke, peat, tobacco and some sweet.

  93. wbarchive_350097 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  94. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      91 91

  95. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      minerals, water color enamel, brine, light sweet peat, ash, white smoke, light pear, unused engine oil
    • Taste
      sweet pears, sweet grains, light grass, oily funk, water color enamel, smoke, limestone, hints of citrus, light grassy butter, light earthy peat
    • Finish
      medium, oily texture, sweet smoke, light grassy bitter peat, citrus, hot engine oil, minerals and sweet peat at the back followed by smoky butter and light grass

  96. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice blend. The Islay malts is well balanced by the sweetness of Clynelish. 88/89 points.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Complex, elegant. Multi layered peat, smoke and ash. Waxy apple and pear. Ardbeg style citruses, vanilla, camphor.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily. Heavy smoky start. Clynelish fruitiness. Orange peel. Tobacco and ash. Pepper and camphor.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, creamy, bittersweet.

  97. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is well-blended, and from the pricing and also the taste, this is probably young, or at least have a young component making up quite a bit of the whisky. Nothing truly jumps out at me, and this is probably not something I would want to buy a bottle of. 
    • Nose
      Smoke, zesty, day-old sprite, a bit young to be honest.
    • Taste
      Smoke, peat, oily, and a nondescript fruitiness that's not sharp or overt (I taste this a lot in very good, young whiskey). So I'll detect a bit of plastic mid-palate, then luckily goes away quickly. 
    • Finish
      Okay finish. Medium length. Unremarkable. Coconut at the end. 

  98. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

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

  99. 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.

  100. EarlMobile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Hm, tastes undiluted something too much in the direction of "burnt rubber". With water, this note disappears quickly and the whiskey tastes nice and smoky. In addition, there is a fresh and fruity citrus note. Not bad, if not extraordinary.

  101. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Interesting nose, has this young ardbeg character, Takes a drop of water very well and immediately climbs to a new level, not bad, good peaty whisky, just had a bit higher expectations considering what is in it... Ardbeg and clynelish... Not a cheap one at 110€, but what is cheap these days?

  102. EJS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  103. daverdaz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  104. Gerhans scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

    Presentation: 

    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.

    Nose: 

    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.

    Taste: 

    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.

    Finish: 

    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.

    Overal: 

    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.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      90 90

  105. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  106. 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.

    recommendation
    : 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.) "

    https://www.prineus.com/images/compass-box-whisky/limited_releases/CBW_FactSheet_NoName_deutsch.pdf

    https://www.compassboxwhisky.com/dnl-pdf.php?fl=CBW_FactSheet-2018-NONAME.pdf

  107. 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.

  108. Unclimbability scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Colour: Gold

    Body: Medium/Full

    Nose: Fantastic meld of old smoke, lime juice (which gives the pier rd, Islay distillery away immediately, even if they hadn't said Pier rd) and amazing sharp grapefruit. Fantastic balance and complexity.

    Taste: Sharp amazing citrus, lime and grapefruit, oils glide across the palate. Incredible complexity. Flawless balance. Textbook, really.

    Finish: Medium/Long length. Creamy, not as amazing as the taste, but still great of course. Drier with this sooty note.

    Notes: What a whisky. I've heard that the Peir rd Islay is from 2003... Anyway, this is an immediate buy and if I'd have to recommend one whisky you pick up this year so far, it's this. By quite a way.

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