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Tried this one at the Highland Stillhouse. I have a bottle in my safe and I hope it isn't like the one I tried.
It had a beautiful nose, but the palette was musty and unpleasant with a short finish. Could have been cork rot, or it could have been the heavy oak influence. Hard to say.
I asked to see the bottle to verify if it was the first version of SpiceTree or the second. It was the second. That was before I tasted it, however, so I didn't verify the integrity of the cork.
When I return to the Stillhouse next week or so, I will ask to see the cork in that bottle. I love the Stillhouse and I'm very happy overall with my experiences there. If the bottle I tried did not have cork spoilage, then I'm not a fan of SpiceTree.
I will follow up with a reply to let people know what happens. I will also write a new review when I open my own bottle at some point in the future.
Despite the musty palette that tended to rise into my nose, the bottle was not an entire failure. It still had some enjoyable characteristics. However, the finish was brief and the palette was certainly not even close to what I've read in reviews about this unique and creative whisky offering from Compass Box.