Along with No Name I reviewed yesterday, there was another interesting and engimatic Compass Box release coming out last year called Phenomenology with the slogan “Phenomenology – There’s No Right or Wrong”.
Phenomenology is a school of thought in psychology that focuses on
phenomena, or, the experiences that we get from our senses–what we
see, taste, smell, etc. It is a way of thinking about ourselves and the
very personal, subjective nature of experience.
True to its name, when Phenomenology was initially released, it was an enigmatic whisky with no recipe nor official tasting notes released, but it’s been months since the release and by now we do have the recipe information:
It doesn’t happen too often that you get to see Glenlossie and Tamdhu as the main ingredients of a whisky costing £150.
Compass Box Phenomenology (46%, 7908 btls, £143/€147.5)
Nose: Fruity pears, apples, salt and subtle peat smoke, sweet oak spices, fizzy minerals, sour hard candies.
Palate: Sweet fruit, apples, honey, pear drops, some sour tropical fruit, salty, minerals, gentle peat smoke, oak spices, subtle ashes and quite drying at the end.
Finish: Medium length, dryness, lingering sweet fruitiness (with tropical notes), subtle smoke and spiciness.
Thoughts: This is tasty! Lots of freshness and a good combo of strong fruitiness balanced by pillars of salty minerals and peat smoke. I could see myself drinking this this on a regular basis. Recommended.