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Compass Box Hedonism Review


17th December 2020
Review of Compass Box Hedonism blended grain whisky.

Compass Box HedonismCompass Box Hedonism isn't a new whisky but it is the first blended grain whisky to come to the market a few years back now. It doesn't carry an age statement or state the contributing grain distilleries.

Compass Box's inspiration behind Hedonism is was simply pleasure, enjoyment, a celebration of that ideal marriage between distilled spirit and high quality oak maturation.

Hedonism has always been a deliciously lush, soft and creamy blended grain whisky, it is produced in batches each year using different whiskies, in different combinations, so by its very nature it can vary slightly each year but in my experience Compass Box has been very consistent with quality and style and they consistently turn out a quality dram.

Compass Box Hedonism is non chill-filtered and naturally coloured and is bottled at 43% ABV.


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Vanilla, coconut, some gentle spice and a little honey sweetness.

Taste: A delicious delivery brings sweet coconut and vanilla between layers of lovely mild fizzy oak spices. A wee touch of honey and orange citrus lurks in the background.

Finish: Long, the creamy vanilla, sweet coconut slowly fade leaving some lingering slightly drying sweet spice.

Comment: As always, a deliciously balanced blended grain, it has no age statement but I suspect the component whiskies are quite mature, vanilla, coconut and spice run the show from nose to finish, ultra smooth and very easy to drink whisky full of the subtle grain whisky character you would expect.

SMW Blended Grain Whisky Score 90/100


Compass Box Hedonism is priced around 60 and you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Also if you enjoy a peated whisky check out the new Compass Box Peat Monster Arcana
 

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