The same blend as Oak Cross is used however the secondary maturation involves 80% of the blend going into mixed oak casks with heads from 195 year old Vosges Forest trees having three different toast levels. The first release of Spice Tree in 2005 was innovative in that the whisky was matured with flat high quality virgin French oak barrel inserts (staves). It was an instant hit, but unfortunately the Scottish Whisky Association claimed it broke their rules and banned it. Compass box revised their method to keep the bean counters happy, and this 2009 rerelease is the result.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Spiky, jabby nose with dusty sweet spice, and perhaps some blueberry and blackcurrant.
Palate: Big, aromatic and liqueur-like, with an oral rainbow of spices including ginger, nutmeg and clover and moving through to chili and paprika.
Finish: Long, savoury and spicy. Outstanding.
Retails for around £40