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Old 01-05-2014, 08:05 AM
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Default Anyone try the Compass Box Sampler...or......

Definitely more of a bourbon/Rye guy, but just getting into trying Single Malts, etc..

I bought my first bottle, Oban 14, and I'm digging it. For the most part all whiskeys in my house are accompanied by a cigar, so my palette may be a tad tainted....

Ive seen a few sampler sets at the local shops and Im wondering which ones you all have tried. I've seen the Compass Box set, which although a blended whiskey, looks great, as well as Glenlivet, Glenmorangie, Glenrothes, and Dalmore sets. All essentially with a 12/15/18 kind of setup.

Any youve tried and think highly of as a way to get a taste of what I might lean to?
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:06 PM
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The Glenmorangie sample pack is really interesting. If it is the one I am thinking of you get a full bottle of Glenmorangie Original and four sample minis of cask finished whiskies. Can't go wrong here.

The Glenlivet is a decent whisky but does not have a strong flavor profile in my opinion. However, it is very safe for the masses which may appeal to the novice drinker.

I have not had most of what is in the Compass Box sampler pack but as far as blends go Compass Box know what they are doing. One of the samples in the pack is "Peat Monster" which is a peatier (flavor is similar to smoke) whisky. This may go great with your cigar drinking.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:23 PM
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Thanks. Yes, thats the Glenmorangie set I've seen. think the Compass box and that one are both what I'm looking for.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:39 PM
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Like the OP, I'm also more of a Bourbon/Rye drinker but I did get
the CB sampler set a while back. Here are my thoughts:

Asyla - my least favorite. A "blandness" to it that didn't grab me.
Hedonism - liked this one. Would probably buy a bottle
Oak Cross - a bit peatier that Hedonism but not entirely bad.
Peat Monster - Very peaty. Too much so for me (*see note below)
Spice Tree - Almost a spiced rum taste to it. Might buy it off the shelf.

*My wife enjoys peaty whisky (Ardbeg, Octomore, Lagavulin) and found
the Peat Monster to be to her liking. It'll definitely do in a pinch for her
so I bought a 1.75 some time ago just to have it on hand.

For me the Hedonism & STree were the best of the bunch. The CB set
was a very nice way to sample some of their offerings without having
to buy full size bottles. The black presentation case looks quite cool
and the enclosed note with each bottle breakdown & composition is a
added bonus.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:37 AM
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Picked up the Compass set this evening. Total Wine had it marked to 40.99, so a no brainer.
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