Review: Compass Box, The Spice Tree

Only 10 more days of blended whisky month and I’m still loving it!

Today I’m not, strictly speaking, reviewing a blended whisky. Compass Box’s The Spice Tree is actually a blended malt. This expression is famous for having been banned (in another incarnation) by the Scotch Whisky Association. The reason? Toasted Oak Staves were placed inside the barrels used to marry the blend in order to add spicy notes. This did not go down well.

Nevertheless John Glazer and the Compass Box team reinvented the Spice Tree, finding alternative “legal” means of getting a similar flavour profile. Here are the dramstats:



  • Price £38
  • ABV 46%
  • Blended Malt

Nose: Orange, ginger, cinnamon, ice cream cones, pepper and a hint of ozone with red dessert apple.

Palate: Vanilla ice cream, black and white pepper, oak, ground ginger and cinnamon, with some hints of raisin. Extremely spicy.

Finish: The spices continue to tingle and grow. Pepper, ginger and oak amongst a background of sweet Mr Whippy Ice cream.

Verdict: It’s excellent. A wonderfully spicy and controlled delivery on the palate. If you like a spice whisky, or you want one to add to your collection, this is a pretty good price!





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