Compass Box Spice Tree Scotch
Staff Pick

Compass Box Spice Tree Scotch

Item # 16383 750mL
$64.99/ Single Bottle
$389.94/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

For the truly decadent whisky drinker comes this limited-release vatted malt from artisanal whisky producer Compass Box. The richest, most honeyed of the Compass Box line, the Spice Tree is overflowing with notes of orange peel, dark spices, and vanilla. Very unctuous and deliciously malty, this is truly a connoisseur's beverage.

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Staff Pick Notes

Spice Tree is aged in custom-made barrels with French oak heads and is comprised of Highland malts. The result is a rich and lush array of creamy vanilla and caramel with oodles of spice. This is not a smokey whiskey but to be honest, I didn't miss its presence. However, I don't suppose enjoying a cigar along with a glass could hurt. The Scotch Whiskey Association threatened to take Compass Box to court over the use of oak staves while aging the original Spice Tree bottling. The SWA claimed it couldn't be called "Scotch" because of this process. Of course, Compass Box took this in stride only slightly changing their process to appease the powers that be. Time after time, Compass Box comes out with interesting and affordable blends that belittle many single malts in the same price point. Spice Tree sticks to this formula.

- LB

Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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