Whisky Review – Compass Box Enlightenment

Compass Box Enlightenment

Region: Speyside & Highland
ABV: 46%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type:
– 48.2% Clynelish (First Fill American standard barrel)

– 36.7% Glentauchers (First Fill American standard barrel)

– 10.8% Balblair (First Fill American standard barrel)

– 4.3% Mortlach (Rejuvenated American standard barrel)


Colour: Straw

Nose: Pineapple, green apple, mango, banana, caramel, vanilla, citrus

Palate: Vanilla, pineapple, ginger, grassy, peach, almond bitterness, icing sugar

Finish: Medium+, wood, topical fruit

Score: 83/100

A rather nice blend of malt from Compass Box. Tropical fruits and caramel to greet the nose, with a nice balance of vanilla and citrus undertone. The palate also carries over the tropical fruit, but introduced some grassiness, and bitter almond notes. Followed by a woody, fruity finish. This would work perfectly well as a summer dram. Great deal of fruit and decent complexity.


Compass Box – This is Not a Luxury Whisky


Compass Box – This is Not a Luxury Whisky

Region: Blended

ABV: 53.1%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type:
– 79% First Fill Sherry Butt from Glen Ord (Malt) – 19 Year Old – 10.1% Refill American Hogshead from Strathclyde (Grain) – 40 Year Old
– 6.9% Refill American Hogshead from Girvan (Grain) – 40 Year Old
– 4% Refill American Hogshead from Caol Ila (Malt) – 30 Year Old


Colour: Gold

Nose: Oily, red apple, herbal, spruce tips, coconut, stewed red fruits, floral, strawberry syrup, smoke, spice.

Palate: Orange peel, ash, peat, rubber, raspberry, oak, strawberry, salted honey.

Finish: Long finish, ginger, incense, oily, pine.

Score: 89/100

Very welcoming nose, full of light smoke, and herbaceous notes; touch of syrupy red fruits and spices, along with tropical coconut notes. On the palate the notes are well-integrated, ashy peat, orange peel, red fruits, touch of salted honey, followed by a long finish with interesting incense-like note, round things off nicely, the finish lasts for minutes.

An amazing blend, wonder how this would compare against the JW Blue Cask Strength. The “This is not a luxury whisky” is very well made, welcoming nose and taste to a lot of people, without being boring like the regular Blue Label. The finish is very remarkable.