Compass Box The Spice Tree Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Compass Box The Spice Tree

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Compass Box

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: In terms of history, The Spice Tree is a fun chapter in Scotch whisky lore unfolding before us. With the mystique surrounding the label a decade ago, it can be easy to overhype this malt blend.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: A tactile, somewhat resinous, polished leather finish wraps it up. A nice whisky, but I really enjoy the subtler, more elegant nature of the original bottling better.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: 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!
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: All-in-all it’s a completely enjoyable whisky and I can’t recommend it enough, especially to people just getting into Scotch.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Monster
  • Excerpt: I can only complain about the nose a little since it is somewhat reserved for the first 6-7 minutes. Then it opens up and matches the palate's rich character.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: You don't have to put on your smoking jacket and slippers for this one, but it wouldn't hurt.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: It finishes long and alluring on plenty of sweet spices and a puff of pipe smoke.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Not a fan of this. It is hot, loaded with sulfur and oak, dry and all over the place. Not bad, but needs more complexity and integration to reach higher.
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  • Intro:

    Compass Box The Spice Tree is a blend of Clynelish, Dailuaine and Teaninich, that is matured, blended and then finished in "hybrid" active casks - delivering more spice according to CB. Let's see how it is.

  • Nose:

    Fresh pear, honey, apples, melon. Loads of pepper, spice and orange peel. Ethanol.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium mouth feel. Some heat Honey, tobacco, orange peel, berry and vanilla. Sharp tang of oak and sulfur.

  • Finish:

    Long but hot, oaky, dry and loaded with sulfur.

  • Overall:

    Not a fan of this. It is hot, loaded with sulfur and oak, dry and all over the place. Not bad, but needs more complexity and integration to reach higher.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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