Compass Box Spice Tree

Compass Box Spice Tree

(0.75l, 46%)


7/10
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$64.99
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Scotch so avant-garde it was illegal in 2005.

Compass Box, Scottish maker of artisanal Whisky, is known for its forward-thinking and extravagant expressions. They create custom casks from premium Oak, select the best Whiskies they can find, create unique and magical blends, which are then matured for up to six years. Then, in 2005, Compass Box went "too far". In their daring endeavor, they decided to shake things up and use staves in the finishing process. Absolute horror show, right? Well, apparently. The Scotch Whisky Association banned the expression in 2006. Again, the staves!

Anyway, the lavish Spice Tree is back. After some tinkering and conspiratorial meetings with barrel makers, they came up with a unique hybrid Oak cask that brings similar results as the verboten version. And its second coming is wonderfully stunning. The 2.0 version was matured in custom-made American Oak casks with heads made of French Oak, and the result is a rich and intense malt with toasty accents and a taste that is so grand it should be illegal again. It's an awe-inspiring dram and expect unexpected smiles or even grins. Your brain will not compute the excellence. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Scotland
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Compass Box
  • Age
    NAS
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Maturation
    American/French oak casks

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spicy
honey
caramel
vanilla
sweet
oak
toasted
salty
nutmeg
What does Compass Box Spice Tree taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep honey and amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Warm aromas of sweet malt, grains and honey on the nose.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sweet, round and light flavors of sea-salted caramel followed by a full blast of spices. Layered flavor profile.

Finish
Grandiose and rich finish with spicy hug.

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Ratings & Reviews
Ryan
Ryan,
Spicy with notes of honey and sweetness.
 
Richard
Richard,
forgot to add rating.... here it is
 
Richard
Richard,
sip it - don't mix it..... it's a wonderful whisky. spicy, complex, chewy and warm.
 
John
John,
Nice blended malt, but I prefer JW Green.
 
Michael
Michael,
Vanilla & baking spice with a silky finish. Fantastic on the rocks. Still good neat, but the flavors are clipped.
 
Michael
Michael,
Spicy baking spice with a silky finish. Fantastic on the rocks. Still good neat, but the flavors are clipped.
 
Rick
Rick,
Do enjoy it in a nice mix drink. Heavy spice on the front with some vanilla. Little burn on the way down, with a little clove.
 
guest
guest,
Spice and vanilla on the front end of the nose. Palate was honey, vanilla and spice which lingered quite a while. Picked up some oak when I added a little water
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Liked this a lot. Nose and palate were both pleasant and was an easy sipper. This is the right price point for this blend. Would definitely buy a bottle.
 
Mark
Mark,
Delicious and smooth. Great sipping whiskey
 
Andee
Andee,
Don’t care for the salty end notes. Fairly smooth. Can taste the honey/Carmel notes at the beginning.
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
Vanilla, honey, and spice. Solid. Sips more like a rye than a scotch but very enjoyable.
 
Michael
Michael,
Spicy, loved it!
 
Ray
Ray,
Reminded me of buttery honey vanilla bread with some heat and spice.
 
VINCENT
VINCENT,
One of the best blend I ever tasted. What a charismatic spirit !
 
Dan
Dan,
Giftable. Chocolatey tone.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
A spicy explosion! Delightful!
 
Kelly
Kelly,
Lovely honey and nutmeg. Stellar blend.
 
Brian
Brian,
Light color and nose reveal very little up front. A smooth whiskey with vanilla and a floral taste. A bit of water opens up a citrus nose. Very smooth whiskey. You will be disappointed if you're looking for "spice in this tree", but very good.
 
John
John,
Enjoyed the caramel. Flavor really came through
 
Tom
Tom,
Sweet with bitter honey notes and a touch of spice off the finish.
 
Craig
Craig,
Too Smokey and lacked the spice I expected
 
Armando
Armando,
Very attractive complexity, great finish great scotch
 
Devlin
Devlin,
Another great one from compass box, loved the honey spice and nice long smooth finish with hints of vanilla
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very light scotch, just enough peat.
 
Joel
Joel,
A nice slow sipper. Good complexity. Very strong for a blend.
 
Dwight
Dwight,
Really enjoyed this scotch. Super spicy at first. Very smooth with minimal “bite”. Will definitely buy again.
 
Sruthi
Sruthi,
Too spicy
 
Michael
Michael,
Bit of spice and tang. Light and tasty
 
Dan
Dan,
I like the salty and honey mix. Like a snack mix, but in liquid scotch form.
 
Melody
Melody,
This was smooth and very well layered
 
Christian
Christian,
Very drinkable. Very smooth through the whole experience.
 
Zach
Zach,
Sweet and smooth, spicy notes don't overpower
 
Matt
Matt,
if you wanted rye, but scotch, this might be it. i like it. first sip had a smoky taste that never resurfaced, would have liked more of that. nice flavors in the spice.
 
Sami
Sami,
I expected more taste
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Honestly, not getting too much from this scotch. I was expecting a little more complexity. Flavor is a little spicy with some floral notes, nothing rich or oaky about it, as the package says.
 
Ian
Ian,
Smooth and delicious. Spicy on the front end but a sweet and earthy finish
 
Bert
Bert,
fine little scotch
 
Rob
Rob,
Enjoyed the honey and spice combo
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Honey and sweet. Not spicy. Mild.
 
Ray
Ray,
Spice and salt are the most prominent flavors, some oaky flavors with a sweetness near the end.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Good balance and smooth no burn. Very nice for a nas
 
Victoria
Victoria,
This was amazing. Sweet and mellow then a spicy taste after a moment. Like home! Warm and inviting
 
Kerry
Kerry,
Smells and tastes flowery. Not super smooth and left and unpleasant coating in my mouth. Tastes forced, like they tried to hard to force flavors in and failed. I dumped the last sip.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Nice drink, great for sipping inside while it's cold outside. Heavy wooded flavors, with spicy, semi sweet finish that cloys to the mouth for a bit after swallowing.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Really smooth, not too sweet, easily drinkable, maybe a touch of ginger feel. Definitely worth it. Lovely.
 
guest
guest,
Perfect combination of Spice and sweet
 
Stephen
Stephen,
I love the sweet and spicy smell of this whisky. The first 10 minutes of pouring it into my glass I just sniffed it taking in the notes of honey and spice and feeling relaxed. Once I started drinking it I was not disappointed by the taste! I love a good whisky that warms me from the inside and Spice Tree did that. This drink is smooth starting off sweet and leaving a tangy taste in my mouth. I'm going to enjoy this bottle!!
 
Krist
Krist,
Deliciously smooth... a fantastic scotch straight up, on the rocks, or my favourite with a splash of warm water.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Soft start, bold salty finish. Decent flavor and would buy again.
 
Geoff
Geoff,
Warm, honey, vanilla. I will enjoy this bottle from beginning to end.
 
Gareth
Gareth,
Very nice and light.
 
Alex
Alex,
Not bad, I feel like this opens up after a while. Initial impression was too light and not enough time in the barrel, but after letting it sit for a bit and then linger on the tongue it got deeper and more complex. I'm not a huge fan of "butterscotch", which is where I feared this was headed, but this veers more in the direction of honey and vanilla and has just enough spice to round things out. For the price, definitely worth it.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a classic, rich, Blended Malt Whisky with a rich & aromatic birth; while a delicate & rich life; that leads to a speedy & spicy death with notes of nutmeg.
 
Alex
Alex,
A delightful tang! Odd as that may sound, the spiciness is delightful! Definitely noticeably, but not overpowering. A wonderful whisky, and a must try for any who love a peated, spicy one. Gambled and bought it without sampling, but glad I did!
 
Amber
Amber,
Not as peaty as I’m used to. Little bit of a burn. Had better for the price
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Super disappointing. The description here may say the nose has aromas of malt but the taste is more reminiscent of straight up spicy grain alcohol. Drinkable, but no balance like I expect from a blend. You could get the same experience from a very young whisky. I'm honestly not familiar with the 3 malts blended to make this whisky but if the end result is indicative of their single malt versions you couldn't convince me to buy a bottle of any of them, sorry.
 
Kirk
Kirk,
John Glaser....... can do no wrong in my eyes!!! Amazing whisky!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Really interesting scotch that serves as a great after dinner aperitif.
 
Rebecca
Rebecca,
Wow, there's a lot going on here, all at once. Malted barley, cantaloupe, apple, & dates on the nose. All that plus... maybe fruitcake? when drinking. Velvet on the tongue, and a hint of smoke on the exhale. Fantastic.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
If you kind of want to try spice or smoke, this would be a great intro. Great and easy to drink.
 
guest
guest,
Manque d'originalité, trop sur le toffee et pas assez sur l'epice
 
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