Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Just above this paragraph is a statement reminding readers that these are my personal tasting note and this is my personal experience and that others may not interpret this whisky in the same way. I’d ask you to take a moment to-re-read it before you carry on as this review is going to be nothing but high praise and I want you to remember that you may not agree if/when you try it (which you most certainly should).
I also want to say a huge thank you to Chris Allen who supplied me with the sample along with a few others. I’m very grateful to him for giving me the chance to try this fantastic dram!
Oak, vanilla, orange and maybe a touch of lemon. Cinnamon, nutmeg powdered sugar, slight custard and green apple – made me think of apple pie.
With water: Toasted oak, more lemon coming through and toffee.
Creamy and sweet with vanilla to start then WHAM! The peppery spice hits your palate. Give it time to subside though and after a slight bitterness it all turns sweet again – like syrup.
With water: Custard, cloves joining the pepper giving it a slightly numbing quality followed but nuts and chocolate.
Long, oak, slight bitterness, spice (pepper and cloves), orange and chocolate. Slightly drying.
With water: Nuttiness comes through as well as a touch of that lemon again.
This is a stunning blend! Normally I can get a few things from a whisky and then after trying a few times more scents or flavours will present themselves but it’s never a huge list. This on the other hand had so much to offer with so little effort to uncover it. If you’re looking for something that really packs in the flavour and opens up without you having to put any effort in then this is for you. Also yes it’s called Spice Tree and yes it delivers on that name, however it’snot overwhelming and it contains a lot more than just spice.
At around the £45 mark it’s a step up from some of the standard single malts you get in your local supermarket but it’s worth every penny. Also don’t let the fact it’s a blend put you off in the slightest – blended whisky can offer just as much as a single malt and this is a great show case for what blends have to offer.
As a side note this particular expression is fuelled my controversy as it was at one point banned by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) due to their new cask designs. Thankfully they’ve managed to find away to meet the guidelines and still get similar results. You can read more about this on the Compass Box website.
Taken from The Compass Box Website.
Big, sweet aromas of clove, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is full, round and sweet, with the spice and vanilla complementing the core distillery characters and leaving a long finish.