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Compass Box Hedonism

A Pendulum of Pleasure

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@dbkReview by @dbk

1st Jun 2011


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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Compass Box Hedonism is a blend of grain whiskies from Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge, and Cambus. The youngest of these is 14 years and the eldest is 29.

The nose has an immediate sweetness reminiscent of some Canadian and American whiskies—notes of toffee, pancakes, butterscotch, and brown butter—but it is more restrained on this front. The sweetness is balanced by notes of tart apple and tropical fruits—especially pineapple—and menthol. It is a touch dusty, with a slight alcoholic edge.

Like the nose, the palate begins sweetly, with toffee, honeycomb, and vanilla. It becomes increasingly mentholated as a slight bitterness on the finish allays any fears of things becoming too cloying.

Hedonism reminds me more of an Irish pot still whisky than a Canadian or American one as, given the age of the spirits in the blend, the wood influence seems nonetheless quite staid. It’s refined, composed, and majestically balanced.

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GregLogan commented

You are quite generous - and I am quite tired of this excessively bourbon-y tasting whiskey...

7 years ago 0

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