Compass Box “Hedonism”

The first EVER blend of grain whiskies. From maverick whisky makers, Compass Box.
Made in small batches we drank batch MMXIV-B which, it says, rattled off the production line at 16:25 on 09/07/2014.

http://www.compassboxwhisky.com/hedonism.php

Cost: around £50
70cl/ 43%

Tasting Notes*

Nose: From that first, delectable, introduction Hedonism is all ripe fruit, fraises des bois and sponge cake. Some red pepper provides an interesting point to mull. Fresh, lightly fruity. A hint of charcoal. Vanilla and coconut. Soft and creamy but with good intensity. Ripe, elegant and lush with wild strawberry, Milky Bar and Butterkist popcorn… Sexy.

Palate: Very sensual, disarmingly sleek and creamy. Sweet spices, some cereal notes. Polenta-like. velvety smooth, appetising. Soft, silky and chewy, with a spicy lift and touch of ripe cherry. Toasted coconut. liquorice and marzipan.

Finish: Very warm and spiced, toasty, some oak and milk chocolate. A hint of lemon. Fragrant. Custard tart. The chocolate comes back with some mint and cream. Spice and coconut linger satisfyingly and hold together well.

*Tasting notes from Master of Malt and Whisky Mag and Ian Buxton’s “101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die”

Packaging

Quite elegant. Cork stopper.

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Verdict

For an iconoclastic slayer of sacred cows this was, maybe, a wee bit tame. Smooth and luxurious, it is a dram to savour rather than devour.

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