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No Name Blended Malt Scotch Whisky CB

Overall rating
88.43/100
votes
290
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottled
2017
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 Christine1971
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 142,78

65 × in wishlist

290 × member ratings

801 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for No Name Blended Malt Scotch Whisky CB

60 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.43 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.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

    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

  6. 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

  7. Misterioso scored this whisky 93 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. Roland7 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

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