Compass Box This Is Not a Luxury Whisky

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Compass Box // Scotland

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  1. dhsilv2

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    We shall get the jazz out of the way. This is possibly my favorite compass box bottle design of all time. The simple gold marker on a black nearly but not opaque glass. The cheap box with the rather nice use of gold foil, the inner lining of the box making more snide remarks. It's just perfect. The whisky goes on to play with the chidlish "malt" drinkers who feel some kind of superiority for malt over grains...most of whom have never had quality aged grain whisky. It's a near perfect slap to the face of the snobbery of whisky's past. All and all cheers on a quality product without the stupidity! OK on to the nose. This is starting on its way to being sherry bomb territory. Spices, dark fruits, underlying custard and vanilla. You can get just on the nose oils and a touch of waxy notes, I'm down right shocked this isn't a clynelish blend, it checks all their traditional boxes. Though I certainly am not surprised that there's Caol Ila here. On the pallet the waxy fruity oily notes shine through. There's a complex sweetness overlapped in baking spices. Perhaps some notes of corn candy which I could see turning a few away, but it quickly builds back up to those fruity sherry notes that everyone buying this bottle I'd hope were coming for. The finish is long, spicy, and savory with a long underlying candy sweatness. Another just outstanding bottle from Compassbox. I was lucky to find a dusty bottle still in the wild. This bottle very much holds up with some of John's much more expensive bottles. Completely worth it and the marketing jabs just add to the fun. Imagine someone drinking this and still thinking grain whisky is somehow inferior...blasphemy to the highest order.
    200.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Tastes just like a cask strength JW black. Nuff said. 😐
  3. RobFather99

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  4. peathoar

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Chinese restaurant in Columbus, OH N: caramel, T: spicy, full, fresh fruit (apple), F: long, caramel, light sherry, apple Mulled spicy apple pie. Mixture of zest and old whisky
  5. sevastravox

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  6. JKVan

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  7. Trevor-Cook

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  8. ScotchingHard

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is not a review. The bottle is very interesting. The contents are interesting too. But not as much as the bottle, which is ironic. The bottle misses the irony, as well. It should be labeled “This is not luxury.” The famous painting this Compass Box release draws inspiration from is a Rene Magritte painting of a cigar pipe that reads “Ceci n’est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe).” And it’s not a pipe. The painting is an abstraction of the object. This bottle of whisky is an object, and luxury is the abstraction. Hence, potentially, Compass Box could have had the clever, artful flip, scrutinizing an object representing the abstraction; the opposite of Magritte’s painting. But they missed the cleverness. “This Is Not a Luxury Whisky” is just a clunky reference that feels like a gimmick. And the message telling you that a whisky is about the liquid, and it should be drank is nauseating exposition. “This Is Not Luxury” would have been the perfect name. No exposition. I mean, you can include notes and objective information. But I hate being told how to interpret something. And it’s not luxury. It’s got grain in it. 40 year old grain whisky, but it’s grain whisky, and I’m not into it. Not my thing. Most of this whisky is 19 year old Glen Ord malt, and that gives this blend a Highland fruity and floral base. But I can’t escape the feeling that when you mix 40 year old grain with a 19 year old malt, you get something that tastes like a 15 year old whisky. It’s those acetone, banana notes. It’s richer and more oily here, but it’s not something I immediately am going to like. Yeah, I’m not sure about the grain. It’s one of those things that is interesting for me, but not necessarily attractive. Like dwarves. Anyways, the grain loses its grip on the spotlight quickly, and things get better. The finish is one of the most dynamic and complex of any whisky I’ve had. The Islay minority that was suppressed on the nose, and the arrival, starts to unpretty this whisky, and it just goes back and forth between salty and savory, and sweet and toffied for a long time. And at 53.1% ABV, you get some great aftertastes if you exhale the right way. Water in a blend generally kills the oldest components first. So, on the one hand, I may actually enjoy this more without the obvious contribution from the grain; on the other hand, adding water makes this more common, and less worth the price tag. This is a great whisky. Is it worth two Flaming Hearts? No. PRESUMPTIVE MARK: 94/100.
    235.0 USD per Bottle
  9. BootyL1cker

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  10. Ken-Quamish

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
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