Distillery/Brand: Compass Box | ABV: 43% | Colour: Young Sauternes
Nose: 22 | Taste: 22 | Finish: 22 | Balance: 22 | Rating: 88
I’ve been on a bit of a Compass Box run lately thanks to them being in the spotlight because of the whole transparency issue. I’ve written extensively about that in my other reviews so I think I’m going to park that gripe where I can’t see it any more.
Other than really pretty labels Compass Box has the unique ability of mixing whiskies together and making some damn fine blends. While they usually use single malts Hedonism is 100% blended grain whisky.
Grain whiskies from Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas or Dumbarton are used in putting this blend together and then left to marry in a rejuvenated or re-fill American oak barrel for up to two years.
The result is an extremely delicate, sweet and floral whisky. Those who know me know that I like big strong flavors but once in a while it’s nice to sit back and experience the sweeter, more subtle, side of life.
My sample is from a brand new bottle and served at 43% ABV
Nose: So sweet! Full of fruits. Sweet drops. Candy. Fondant. White chocolate. Hazelnut. Bananas. Touch of oak. Bubble gum. Coconut cream. Vanilla. Lots of perfume. Tangerine. Jeez Louise I have seldom put my nose in something this sweet. I like it but perhaps it’s way too sweet for some. 22/25
Palate: Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Coconut cream. Vanilla. Quite oily if you ask me. Robust. Very floral. Touch of oak. Green tobacco. Mild peppers. Bubble gum. Pink Tutti Fruity ice cream. I think I’ve mentioned how sweet this is. 22/25
Finish: Long. Lovely. Very fruity. Vanilla. Oak. 22/25
Overall Comments: OK I know I’ve made it sound like this is literally the sweetest thing you’ll ever put in your mouth (insert dirty thought here) but to be honest it’s delicate and subtle enough to make you really like it. I never liked sweet before but ever since I quite smoking I’ve developed a bit of a sweet tooth. Which probably explains why I like it.
4 thoughts on “Compass Box Hedonism”
Completely related to your review!
First time I tried Hedonism it was in a bottle and thought maybe the extra coconut oil was from its previous contents!! 😉
Then tried another sample and went – wow! It really does have a peculiar, distinctive yet quite interesting coconut cream element.
It isn’t my usual preferred whisky style either but there is something about what Compass Box produces that deserves slowing down and giving a chance.
Totally agree. I was pleasantly surprised when I had a taste. Compass Box rarely lets me down!
Hi I am one of your subscribers and wondered if you get any of the signatory vintage range out your way, I have just bought the 23 Glen grant for around £60, superb stuff for the price and certainly packs a punch. Happy drinking, thanks for reviews. Mick garrod.
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