Type: Blended Malt
Bottler: Compass Box
Score: 92 points
This limited-edition release marks the 10th anniversary of the dispute over “traditional practices” that forced Compass Box to withdraw the original Spice Tree, which was finished in whisky barrels lined with additional French Oak staves. Compass Box later revised its method to produce a “legal” version of Spice Tree, and this 2016 edition uses a similar method.
As one might expect, the nose is spicy with clove and ginger notes balanced by dried fruits, a touch of blackberries, brown sugar, butterscotch, and dark chocolate fudge. The taste lives up to its name…spicy with clove, ginger, and a touch of cinnamon “red hot” candies along with brown sugar, red apples, and hints of vanilla and honey in the background. The finish is long and equally spicy. Excellent! (November, 2016)