Compass Box’s illegal whisky – a scotch so innovative it was initially banned by Scotch Whisky Association. First launched in 2005, they were forced to discontinue production due to the use of the highest quality French oak inner staves as SWA did not approve of this kind of aging. Undeterred, Compass Box continued to work and develop a new hybrid Oak cask that would allow similar results, and THE SPICE TREE was resurrected in September 2009.
Made from 100% malt whisky sourced from northern highland and speyside distilleries, the primary maturation is in a mix of first-fill and refill American oak. However for the secondary maturation, the whisky is racked into barrels with heavily toasted French oak heads with three different levels of toasting, and this maturation lasts for as long as two years. The Spice Tree is a very rich whisky, and is the seminal award -winning malt whisky.
Tasting Notes: The nose is big, with sweet aromas of clove, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. There is also a hint of bourbon note and pepper. The palate is full, round and sweet with the spice and vanilla complementing the core distillery characters. Layers of flavours unfold. The finish is long and sustained, very spicy, big and rich. An intense malt whisky redolent of baking spices and layered with toasty oak accents that complement the underlying distillery character.
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