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Compass Box Hedonism

Hedonistic Elegance

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@sengjcReview by @sengjc

21st Jun 2013

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My first pure grain scotch. Halfway through this bottle.

Glass: Glencairn

Nose: Reminds of bourbon, sweet, vanilla, nail polish accent, candied, fresh and fruity.

Body: Light but with a finesse to it, a soothing spice, dilute syrup with a little creaminess to the mouthfeel. Smooth delivery.

Taste: Starts of like bourbon but far more refined and balanced, vanilla, sweet, medley of fruit, a mocha like note developes and then fresh ginger. Sugary then a iced tea like note.

Finish: Shortish medium but the sweetness persists as a lull. Gentle and warming. Very nuancey. Butter.

Not your typical scotch but very enjoyable neat. I don't see myself drinking this solely but I think everyone should have a bottle of this or similar handy to add some variety to the rotation. A more elegant style of scotch and should be ideal for the summer months.

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2 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@sengjc, thanks for your review.

Hedonism has a lot of fans, but I have never been one of them. The extreme "smoothness" of this whisky is for me much akin to having no flavour. A bit parallel to Johnnie Walker Blue Label, except that I'd rather be drinking Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The quality of the flavours? OK, but not something to "oooh and aaaahh" over, and you almost need a microscope to detect them. It's expensive too. This is not a bottle I would ever buy.

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@sengjc
sengjc commented

@Victor

It is a light whisky with a mild profile, interesting but quite easily forgettable. I haven't had any since that bottle was finished more than two years ago.

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