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Compass Box was the first to bring a blended grain to the market. This is a blend of Cameronbrigde (and maybe some Cambus as well?) grain whisky of different ages. So no single malts in this Hedonism. All components are between 12 and 29 years old and matured on first fill bourbon casks.
The nose delivers bourbony notes immediately. I am reminded of Buffalo Trace and Bernheim Original. Creamy and big vanilla with rhubarb, spiced with some red peppers.
It’s silky soft and creamy on the palate with ginger, but also malt and even a touch of coconut. The soft spices return. The delivery is wonderful, but then all of a sudden the whole somehow crumbles. It’s slightly mineral and metallic.
The creamy finish, mostly on ginger, is rather short.
It’s starts very promising on the palate, but fails to deliver, which is a shame. Hedonism is ‘limited’ to 2400 bottles and rather expensive (about 65 EUR), seeing that it’s a grain whisky. But it does show that whisky doesn’t need to be single malt to taste good. There is also a Hedonism Maximus (46% ABV, 175 EUR).