Day 12 for the Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar we found a Compass Box Spicetree. Is a blended malt from Highland malt whiskies. What is special about this expression is that Compass Box worked with Coopers to create a “Hybrid” cask. These casks have American oak staves and new French oak heads. This allows for a double wood effect without ever leaving the cask.
Spicetree holds a special place in my heart because I first sampled it in a blind tasting and found it to be my favourite dram of the night, even though there were several great single malts. This changed my perception of blended malts and opened my eyes to another range of whiskies to try and collect.
Bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Rich baking spices and herbs, oak, currants and pepper.
Palate: Butter, pepper, allspice, mincemeat tarts, brown sugar.
Finish: Long procession of burnt sugar, allspice and more pepper and oak.
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