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Callum Finds His Way Around Some Compass Box Drams Review

Compass Box Callum Writes: Today I have been dramming on a couple of special editions from Compass box, Phenomenology and No Name, but before I get to that, a little bit about Compass Box.

I first came across Compass Box about a year and a half ago (I know, a bit late on that one) the thing that caught my eye was their epic branding, nice design, slick and a bit different. The first dram I tried from the Compass Box Range was Spice Tree and it BLEW MY MIND.

I have always been into my classic style drams but this was different, extremely different and changed the way I look at whisky, so I had to find out more. After delving not very deep into the interweb, I found everything I wanted to know and more!

One of the amazing things about Compass Box is they are Completely transparent, all of their drams have a fact sheet that you can download that gives you every piece of information you want about any of their whisky's, if that's not enough to make them stand out this is, so as you may have guessed they don't produce any of their own liquids (yet!) But they do have some fun with casks from Re-Charing, Heavy toasting and even their own Hybrid Casks, then sourcing the best whiskey from Scotland to age in these beauties, they call themselves whisky makers, not blenders, which sounds completely fair to me.

Compass Box are changing the game and its refreshing to see a bit of anarchy in the whisky world! Without further or do the drams!

Compass Box No Name Review

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Compass Box No Name This is Compass Box's 'Peatiest Dram Yet' (Damn Right) this Whisky is an absolute beast, 75.5% of this liquid is from Ardbeg (one of my personal favourites) and it really comes through.

The medicinal notes are toned down by the rest of the whisky in the blend making it extremely rich, literally feels like you are chewing on it! The great thing about this dram is how it develops over time in the glass so kick back and relax.

It's a bit punchy on the ABV at 48.9%, but for me personally, it warms perfectly for this time of year.

Available to buy from Master of Malt

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Big salted chocolate, with big meaty peat and a hint of fresh dill hiding in the background

Palate

One of the best mouth feels I have ever had, extremely rich, salted chocolate coming back with dehydrated lemon and chewy peat

Finish

Long, I mean super long medicinal peat and white pepper spice, but lingering with a spicy chocolate sweetness, it's delightful.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Compass Box No Name
Age: NAS
ABV: 48.90
Distiller: Compass Box
Bottler: Compass Box
Type: Blended Malt
From: Scotland, Islay
Posted: 12/01/2018 by Callum

Compass Box Phenomenology Review

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Compass Box Phenomenology 'Phenomenology: The Philosophical study of the Structures of experience and consciousness' Epic Name.

This is by far one of my favourite whiskies of 2017 maybe one of the best I've ever had. I was lucky enough to try this at the Whisky show earlier this year, I was blown away.

As expected from Compass Box it has a hell of a lot going on, you will pick up new flavours every time you go back to it. This dram has all of my favourite things in one bottle, tropical notes backed up by a creamy peaty texture.

Available to buy from Master of Malt

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Light citrus and sweetened pineapple backed up by a hint of shortbread and a hint of salty peat.

Palate

Beautifully rich mouthfeel, almost like creamy custard with juicy citrus and a hind of red berries

Finish

Lemon meringue, chewy marshmallows with a lingering salted peat and a light menthol medicinal hit, it's like a "peaty pudding"

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Compass Box Phenomenology
Age: NAS
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Compass Box
Bottler: Compass Box
Type: Blended Malt
From: Scotland, Highland
Posted: 12/01/2018 by Callum





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