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Compass Box are an 'Artisan' whisky maker/blender. They are well known and hugely respected in the whisky business and have a fantastic variety of whiskies at reasonable prices. This review looks at their Spice Tree, which is a blended malt scotch whisky, what used to be called 'vetted'.
First off, the Spice Tree won the Whisky Bible 2011 Best scotch new brand with 95.5 points. Secondly it comes in at a nice 46% ABV, which gives it that little extra kick.
It has a beautiful, natural golden-brown colour and is a blend of single malts from different distilleries. Dailuaine, Teaninich and two other malt whiskies distilled in the villages of Brora and Longmorn, aged in bourbon barrels and specially made casks with new French oak heads.
On the nose it is rich with spices such as clove and nutmeg, and sweet stewed fruits coming through. A delight to just sniff!
The mouthfill is smooth, filling, gentle and very rounded.
On the palate its' soft, sweet, deep and rich with a malt whisky fruitiness embellished by rich spice. Just lovely.
The finish is looong. You are reminded that this isn't a blended whisky, but a blended malt scotch whisky. Briefly illegitimate, according to SWA regulations. After adjusting it's creation, Spice Tree is back and well worth the small investment for this fantastic dram.
I recommend it without hesitation to all my fellow Connosr's.