A bit late but better now than never, here’s my review on Compass Box Spice Tree Extravangaza that was released a while ago.
This is a special edition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Compass Box’s regular Spice Tree. In short, they use the same concept but used older whisky and with added sherry cask influence. As you can see from the ingredients list below, it’s 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine and 20% Teaninch. If you want to know how old is each whisky, just go to the official page here and press the “Request Recipe” button, but I will tell you this is not a young whisky.
Nose: Balanced but also spicy with vanilla topping. Then freshness, fragrance and rich body, getting sweeter, some dryness and wine tannins, dried berries, somewhat dusty. After a while sweeter and stronger red fruity notes, a dash of dried orange peels. Lovely nose!
Palate: Spices (as befitting such titled whisky), ginger!, baking spices, wine tannins, dried red fruit with brown sugar sprinkled on top, dryness and weak ground cloves and gentle bitter oakiness.
Finish: Medium length finish, lingering gentle sweetness, fizzy mellow spiciness with lots of ginger and pepper , gentle oakiness.
Thoughts: Oh this is a good whisky! This special edition jacks up the original Spice Tree and adds some sherry love and we get a rich and elegant whisky (and it’s also spicier!). I’m really surprised it’s still available for purchase around the globe even after all that time.
(Official sample provided by Compass Box)