After the white labeled Phenomenolgy , comes it’s counterpart the Black labeled ‘No Name’. The name sounds mysterious indeed, but as it happens Compass Box have discolosed quite a lot of information about this one. The key components are as follows (described by CB, and annotated by me):
“The recipe is primarily sourced from the Pier Road distillery (read: Ardbeg). The tempering single malt is from the Islay distillery in Port Askaig( read: Caol Ila) , with its more elegant, restrained peaty malt whisky. To add dimension, fruit character and an ethereal element, we have added a small portion of malt whisky from a much-loved distillery in the Northern Highlands village of Brora (read: Clynelish). We finished things off with just a touch of malt whisky finished in French oak, providing a lovely underlying sweetness and richness.”
So essentially we have 75.5% Ardbeg , 6% Caol Ila and 13.4 % Clynelish, and a bit of highland blend. Lovely, right?
And indeed, this is the peatiest Compass Box to date (and feels peaty indeed), bottled at 46%.. Interesting right? Islay fans, read carefully:
Nose: Big notes of ash, dried lemon, lime, and wet dog (yes, love it), it’s clearly dominated by the Ardbeg and the zest… I am thinking tarry ropes, and seashell. There’s a wee hint of grapefruit pith, and sweet smoky cereals. with a bit of water it gets creamier with some vanilla.
Splendid stuff if you’re a fan of Ardbeg / Islay malts. the Ardbeg and Caol Ila, mix wonderfully well with the Clynelish, and create a complex and very satisfying dram if you’re in the mood for some smoke, ash and tar, with a nice citrus balance.
Get one.I know I am.