Info: This limited edition blended grain scotch whisky release from Compass Box was created in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their Hedonism blended grain whisky (which was their first bottling!). Made with a selection of grain whiskies of various ages from a number of different distilleries.
Colour: Bright light golden, nice and natural.
Nose: Similar to the colour suggestion, it starts off light and bright, but soon backed up by layers of nicely aged grain… there’s oak notes and hints of old leather. It takes a moment for the lighter alcohol vapours to evaporate leaving a smooth, buttery, rich nose behind with plenty of nuttiness and some minty hints.
Palate: Beautifully smooth and sweeter than the nose indicated, fairly thick feeling with oils. It’s gently grainy, not too much corn, so a mix of grains, lovingly aged and blended. There’s some coconut and gorse notes along with a pinch of spices to tickle your tongue.
Finish: A gorgeous, fairly long and luscious finish, with those slight spices sticking around to give it great depth and enjoyment. Kind of buttery and creamy.
Thoughts: Absolutely top stuff, expertly blended grains with a huge quality that you come to expect from Compass Box.
Available: Master of Malt – £128
Thanks to Compass Box for the sample!