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Compass Box No Name

(70cl, 48.9%)

Compass Box No Name

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Compass Box No Name Bottling Note

This right here is the peatiest whisky to date from the fantastic Compass Box - No Name. A massively smoky blended malt, packing more peat than their own Peat Monster expression! Massively interesting and hugely delicious.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Tarry ropes and engine oil, with hints of stewed plum and a kick of citrus zest.

Palate: Pow! Loads and loads of earthy, woodsy smoke. Slightly Sherried notes underneath add a slightly balancing sweetness.

Finish: Brown sugar, cinnamon and continuing waves of smoke.

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Compass Box No Name Reviews

Reminds of Chichicapa - but better!!!

Wonderful whisky! I guess it is a quite old Ardbeg that is dominant in this one. It is soft and gentle,but at the same time smoky and peaty. If I hadn’t seen the recipe would have thought that they had mixed quite a lot of good mezcal in this one. Smells and tastes like Chichicapa mezcal (but it is better!). Its really good, and I can recommend it to anyone who likes a peaty whisky!

31st March 2018

Very full on... in a good way.

I had the chance to share a bottle of this recently with a friend. It's got loads of bright, tangy Ardbeg smoke upfront, but there is quite a lot of complexity underneath. A bit of seaweed, foreshore brine going on, little bit of spice, but this is all about the smoke character which morphs and lingers for ages. Not for the faint-hearted, stops you in your tracks, impossible to rush. A bottle to get snowed-in with.

4th March 2018

Overwhelmingly tarry

I thought I'd add my counter point to the almost universal acclaim this whisky has received. My perception of the peat in this was overpowering, even more so than an Octomore. The peat tasted excessively tarry - and to Mr the sensation was almost like chewing on a tyre. This meant I couldn't fully appreciate the flavours beneath.

13th January 2018

Cracking stuff. GREAT one from Compass box

Amidst the hyped, cleverly marketed aged OB islays, compass box has managed to deliver a stunning whisky.
Hard hitting Ardbeg. Tearing. Lot of citrus, smokiness and the sharp briny feel after few sips.
I could not guess the age but having tried aged Ardbeg 18 from LMDW, Dun Bhegan & the great Ardbeg 21, I feel some of the content in No Name could be quite aged. I also could not get any sweetness mentioned in the description.
Definitely a must buy. A crafted whisky.

9th December 2017

The best Islay?

This is John Glaser flexing nuts with his blending prowess. The best Ardbeg I've ever had; no contest. Which is one of few malts that the distiller and the owning management holds back from the public; how good it can be.

28th November 2017

A complex and very layered Ardbeg.

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

Presentation: 10/10.
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: 9.5/10.
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: 8.5/10.
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: 9/10. 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: 91/100. 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.

27th November 2017

Awesome dram for peat/smoke/Ardbeg fans

Had the chance to try this the other week and it totally blew me away. I've been checking for it's release every day since, ha. So glad I got a bottle! I expected the price to be higher given the fact that it's mostly a 15-year Ardbeg.

8th November 2017

Wow.

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.
What a whisky. 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.

7th November 2017

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