Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice: Compass Box Spice Tree Whisky
Initially known as the “Illegal Whisky” due to a disagreement between Compass Box and the Scotch Whisky Association over the secondary maturation technique used, Spice Tree gained a loyal base of whisky drinkers until their supplies were depleted and the production suspended.
Enter the new Compass Box Spice Tree with maturation techniques now approved by the SWA. Instead of using flat stave inserts in their barrels which started the woohaa! Compass Box have developed a method for creating heavy toasted cask heads which impart a flavour similar to the original Spice Tree.
Primary maturation: first-fill and refill American oak.
Secondary maturation: custom barrels with heavily toasted new French oak heads sourced from 195 year-old Vosges forests.
Compass Box Spice Tree is 100% malt whisky from the northern Highland distilleries. A very rich malt whisky which is an excellent accompaniment to certain cheeses as well as in cocktails, Spice Tree lives up to its bold, rich flavours. The packaging is as bold as its flavour, described as a “seemingly hallucinogen-inspired” tree design that will make for a noteworthy gift.
Nose: Big, sweet aromas of clove, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
Palate: The palate is full, round and sweet, with the spice and vanilla complementing the core distillery characters and leaving a long finish.