Whisky Review: Compass Box No Name
Category: Blended malt whisky
Bottling: Compass Box
Cost: £100 buy from Master of Malt
What they say:
For this, our peatiest whisky yet, we have decided on No Name.
We came across a parcel of American oak barrels filled with mature, massively peaty single malt whisky – tarry and full of bonfire-like smokiness. To us, this was a whisky crying out to be tamed and shaped into a very special Compass Box limited edition.
Even peatier than our whisky called ‘The Peat Monster’ – the staple peated Blended Malt Scotch Whisky in the Compass Box range – the resulting blend is massive in terms of the intensity and complexity of flavour; a whisky brimming with complex peatiness, but tempered with hints of fruit character and an underlying sweetness.
A bonfire-like smokiness on the nose with a peatiness that is by turns tarry and medicinal with hints of autumn leaves. A powerful smokiness and peatiness follow, accented by hints of ripe cherries, plums and spice.
Bottled at 48.9%
What I say:
Sampled at Glasgow whisky festival, I was delighted to try both Phenomenology and No Name side-by-side to see which I preferred most. Produced from a mixture of Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Clynelish and *ahem* “Spice Tree” to produce the peatiest (yes even peatier than Peat Monster!) whisky to date from the Compass Box stable.
Refractive gold (8/10), large oily tears and thick legs
From the outset sweet and nutty peat smoke, peanut brittle, salt caramel, lime and sea salt dark chocolate, black liquorice and a touch of lime zest and grapefruit pith burst out before bitumen and engine oil take over.
Peaty and sweet, oily and full-bodied, citrus lime zest and grapefruit pith continue into the palate, a touch of old leather, lime and sea salt dark chocolate, earthy and mossy peat and some crystal menthol and germolene, road tar, tarry rope and engine oil, softened brown sugar and malty cereal barley, salt caramel, peanut brittle, satay sauce, black liquorice and aniseed balls or fireball (cinnamon) gobstoppers
Long, peaty and sweet
Sweet peaty perfection! Quite subtle too though, there is a soft sweetness and rich maltiness in this that really helps it along. But mostly its about the peat!