Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza
Compass Box // Scotland
This reinvented bottling from Compass Box was released October 2016, on the tenth anniversary of the original bottling of Spice Tree being pulled from the market for its unconventional use of staves in the maturation process. This reinterpretation features "older components and a significant portion of sherry-cask aged malt whisky." It's a complex blend incorporating a vatting of Highland malts from Clynelish, Dailuaine, Teaninich, and malt whiskies from Glen Ord, Benrinnes, and Allt-á-Bhainne distilleries. Utilizing a first-fill sherry butt, a refill American standard barrel, a refill hybrid cask, a light-to-medium hybrid cask, and a heavy-toast hybrid cask, it is bottled at 46% ABV.
Blended MaltComprised of malted whisk(e)y from two or more distilleries; aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeFirst-fill sherry, Refill American, Refill Hybrid, Light/Medium Hybrid, and Heavy Toast Hybrid
"Butterscotch leads on the nose, with notes of wine and red fruits, and a very light touch of rancio. Vanilla and milk chocolate show up on the palate, with baking spices, hay, some nuttiness, and black pepper. There's a long, spicy, but quite easy finish to enjoy as it meanders around with oak, more spice, and remaining red fruit notes."