A very intriguing release from the awesome Compass Box folks - their Phenomenology blended malt Scotch whisky is "a blend of single malts that combines seemingly dissonant flavour profiles, but together create something compelling. A total of 7,908 bottles of Phenomenology (46% abv) was released worldwide, starting with Europe on 1 October 2017 and then rolling out to the US from 1 November 2017.
This new blended malt has been designed to challenge a drinker’s “thinking about how a whisky is experienced and understood” through the theory of phenomenology – that is, sensory experiences.
Compass Box Phenomenology is pale gold in the glass with medium tears. On the nose, it is really fruity and floral. There are some strong pear notes and a touch of citrus. There is also a splash of freshly cut watermelon and the sweet touch of peaches in syrup.
The blend is an authentic blast of fruit on the palate. Pears and watermelon are the highlights of this blast of fruit. It is followed by spicy notes and a blend of vanilla and nutmeg. There are also some subtle notes of oak.
The finish lingers on its spicy side and slowly parts away from the fruitier side. There are some lingering sweet notes that quietly give way to hints of oak. Compass Box Phenomenology is a work of art in three steps. Each one gives way to the next easily. Its wonderful fruity start is followed by a climax of complexity and spices and finally ends with a touch of oak.