Enlightenment Whisky

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Upon purchasing this fine beverage one could be forgiven for harbouring fears that one may have been accidentally inducted into the illuminati. After all a mysterious ‘All Seeing Eye’ does adorn the label. Thus let me assure you then dear reader that there is nothing occult about this bottle other than its rather splendid contents! One of the latest offerings from compass box, a terrific purveyor of blended scotch, this limited edition bottle is a whisky with a tale behind it. In 2015 the company got in trouble when it brazenly flouted the law with the release of a bottle called ‘This is not a luxury whisky’. The problem, the blackguards dared to print the precise contents of their blend, thus giving the consumer more than an inkling of whether it was worth the money or not. Alas, it turns out that in this instance UK and EU law strictly prohibit such actions, that heaven forefend might lead to an informed consumer. Enlightenment then is the company’s cheeky retort given liquid form. Thankfully it also happens to be stonkingly good stuff.

In Enlightenment we have what I would call a delightful dandy dram. There is a great deal going on and plenty of different exciting flavours happening yet there is somehow a delicate genteel quality to the whole experience. This whisky has an incredible nose. It is predominantly citrus, with lots of apple, some lemon peel, plenty of vanilla, and the subtlest hint of liquorice. There is a further beguiling quality here, as the citrus qualities simultaneously have a floral tone and at times the aroma reminds me of bergamot. The body is delightfully young and exuberant. The flavour gently bursts forth onto ones tongue both with an air of confidence and grace. I get a fabulous crisp Bramley apple flavour, zesty lemon sherbet that dances across the taste buds, loads of vanilla oak, and a dried apricot flavour to die for. To top it off there is also the faintest dash of smoke. Lastly we have a superb dry finish that brings the magical journey to an end, though a little too abruptly for my tastes. I absolutely adore Enlightenment it is a truly sublime genteel concoction and comes very close to perfection in my book. If you can still get a bottle at around the sixty pound mark, then I wholeheartedly recommend that you treat yourself this Christmas.

Verdict: Serene

Mark: 89/100

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7 thoughts on “Enlightenment Whisky”

  1. Wow. I am not a whiskey drinker, but THIS “citrus, with lots of apple, some lemon peel, plenty of vanilla, and the subtlest hint of liquorice” definitely grabbed my attention and I would so try it! And I would be especially interested if it meant being inducted into the illuminati =D Great post!

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    1. Glad you both enjoyed the post. I’d be dismayed if you were to waste money on a bottle you loath, but maybe you should hit a local whisky bar (or get a miniature bottle) to see if life can surprise you. Dandy drams include, Dalwhinne (probably the easiest to find), Clynelish which is the key ingredient in Enlightenment, and Balblair which is a personal fave and the very definition of genteel. Always feel free to add a little water to bring out the flavours.

      Finally Kat if you ever do join the illuminati ranks of elite assassins, be sure to give me the call, as world domination does look like such fun!

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