For their 15th anniversary, Compass Box released a limited edition of their renowned single grain : Hedonism. Named Hedonism Quindecimus, it is made from 5 different whiskys from 4 distillery :
- North British 20yo from first-fill American standard barrels : 17.6%
- Port Dundas 25yo from rejuvenated hogsheads : 36.6%
- Dumbarton 28yo from American standard barrels : 8.4%
- Port Dundas 20yo from first-fill American standard barrels : 19.4%
- Loch Lomond mystery blended grain 32yo from American standard barrels : 18%
Can’t wait ! Let’s start.
Name: Hedonism Quindecimus
Owner: Compass Box
Distillery: See above
Type: Blended grain
Age: See above.
Cask: See above.
Bottle size: 700mL
Colour: Deep copper
Nose: Quite light to begin with. There is some caramel along with old-book dust. Honey, coconut and oranges appears along with vanilla creme. Peaches and toffee in the second part on the nose. Quite its fill of spices with cinnamon, light pepper and coriander. This is quite subtle.
Palate: Really creamy ! More gourmand than the nose with quite its share of toffee. There is also blood orange, lemon zest and spices like... huh... cloves I think. More caramel topped peaches along with grapefruits. Excellent !
Finish: Long, on bitter lemon and oranges with cloves running in the background.
Overall: Elegance made liquid. Astonishing balance between richness of the spirit and complexity. My mouth water for more. Excellent. Be careful though, the toffee on the palate is quite bold and can hide the subtler notes if unprepared / tired / already drunk. But don't underestimate this : this is an excellent and complex whisky.
Rating: 91 / 100