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I love Speyside flavors and I love Compass box. So this malt blend really is a thing of beauty for me.
NOSE: right after opening the bottle and pouring a dram, the nose reveals a touch of citrus peel (orange, mandarin), cinnamon, ginger; dry oak; brewed black tea. With water it tones down the spice a little bit and reveals more of those wonderful vanilla cream, chocolate notes. One spiced Christmas cake on the nose - love it!
TASTE: sweet, very rich, spicy, a touch of salt; black pepper, honey. Vanilla and ginger are also here. It can take a lot of water without losing flavor which is really impressive. With water you get more of smooth cake-like notes with vanilla spiciness and caramel.
FINISH: long, warming, incredibly satisfying. Hints of pepper and toffee.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: WOW! One really well-balanced, flavorful, moreish whisky. Stunning. If you like speyside flavors like I do, my bet is you'll love the Spice tree!