Compass Box "No Name" Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $140) SKU #1331128

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Tasting Notes

In late 2017, Compass Box released this outstanding limited-edition whisky called "No Name," a blend of 75.5% Ardbeg, 10.6% Caol Ila, and 13.4% Clynelish with an additional 0.5% French oak-aged Highland malt for extra flavor. We sold through our allocation in a flash, even with the "one bottle limit per customer" dictate slowing things down in the sales queue. Now that the fervor of the Christmas shopping season is over, we managed to consolidate a large chunk of what was left in the States and get it all delivered to K&L. That means no bottle limits, no restrictions, and no risk of running out anytime soon. If you were a fan of the "Flaming Heart" or the "Peat Monster," this is sort of like a combination of the two. You get the clean, focused, highly peated intensity of Ardbeg, tempered ever so slightly by the roundness of Caol Ila and the oiliness of Clynelish.

Staff Reviews

  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Here we go, peatier than the Peat Monster. More like a citrus-y peatiness, like throwing an orange into a campfire. Fruity and oily on the palate with some good strength. This would be a great bottle for the fan of Compass Box or someone who swears by the traditional single malts and wants to try something new in the same style.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    My first thought on No Name was simply: "Peaty AF" and if you're a big fan of smaller batch heavily peated Scotch, then this limited edition of Compass Box is one for you to definitely check out. A slow sipper, this bottle definitely packs a lot of heat, with extremely subtle flavors of fruity sweetness, and bonfires in Autumn on the nose, the No Name is definitely one complex bottle of scotch.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    At this point it seems like everyone I talk to who knows about Scotch knows who John Glaser is and why the Compass Box whiskies are worth getting into. However, as good as his core line is, I am always excited to get to taste his more limited expressions because here is where he allows himself to get truly creative with his expressions. Take the No Name: it is smoky, complex, tarry, fruity and all the things that make peaty whiskies worth drinking. Although the peat is really on the forefront thanks to malts like the Clynelish add a lovely creamy texture to the Scotch. Some heat here but never overwhelming; there is also a lovely bit of a spice bite for a long finish.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    John Glaser is a master blender and it is always a treat to taste one of his creations. The nose on the No Name is not shy and has nice smoky tones. In the mouth it is complex and layered, with lusty smoke and a pretty creamy undertone. Interesting, with the flavors balanced and working together, this is a single malt to enjoy and think about.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    John Glaser, The Alchemist, has done it again. He takes one thing, adds a little of this and a little of that, and he makes that one thing better and more valuable than anyone thought possible. Drams from Pier Road and Port Askaig come together in the perfect marriage with a drop or two of highland goodness to make one seriously peaty, but eminently drinkable scotch. Campfire, both fresh cut and smoldering dry peat are all bound together by maritime air and the magic that is Islay. There is a medicinal quality that will make you contract a serious case of Munchausen Syndrome. For a limited bottling we've managed to lock down a pretty serious allocation (thank you, David!) but it will be gone before you know it.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    Subtly smoky on the nose with hints of iodine and earth. There's a slightly honeyed topnote that is quite intriguing. Sweet and fruity with notes of honey and stone fruits. A melange of gingerbread spice. There's a rush of smoke on the finish that builds and builds. Damn fine Islay whiskey, and a pretty good argument for blended long as someone as talented as John Glaser is behind the mix.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're an Ardbeg fan, you're going to want a bottle of this. Same goes for any fan of John Glaser's outstanding Compass Box expressions. However, if like me you're a super fan of both Ardbeg and Compass Box, then this is the type of whisky you go ga-ga for. In essence, it's a malt that exudes the bold peated character of Islay's most famous whisky distillery, tempered by the finesse and the keen palate of Mr. Glaser. You get loads of smoke, brine, salt, and sweet barley flavors right off the bat, but the finish rounds out with more oak and weight than you usually find in any of the official Ardbeg editions. In short, the "No Name" is a perfect example of how an already fantastic single malt like Ardbeg can be heightened and improved with the addition of other whiskies, a feat unachievable in an official brand capacity. It's a beautiful expression of Islay, presented in an entirely different way than we're used to. It's the definitely the iron fist in a velvet glove. You're gonna want one.


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