A long time ago, Whiskymaker John Glaser created a rich, bold Scotch whisky called The Spice Tree.
Unfortunately, due to its avant garde method of oak-aging, he was compelled by the powers that be to discontinue production. Undeterred, he worked with cooper friends in both France and Scotland to develop a new, hybrid oak cask that would allow Compass Box to achieve similar results, but in a way that would be acceptable to even the most conservative of observers.
Et voila, THE SPICE TREE was resurrected – matured using a custom-made cask with French oak for the heads and American oak for the bodies. SPICE TREE is a rich, intense malt whisky redolent of baking spices and layered with toasty oak accents that complement the underlying distillery character.
Flavour Descriptors: 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.
Recommendations: Its rich, bold flavours make it most suitable for after-dinner sipping, as an accompaniment to certain cheeses, and ideal in cocktails.
Distillery Sourcing: Made entirely of Highland single malt whiskies from the villages of Brora (fruitiness), Carron (meatiness) and Alness (perfume).
Wood: 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.
Ratings: 95.5 Points / Jim Murray's 2017 Whisky Bible.