This is a reinterpretation of the standard Compass Box Spice Tree expression which is made up of the following: 32.6% Glen Ord (First Fill Sherry Butt), 17.2% Benrinnes (First Fill Sherry Butt), 2.6% Allt-A-Bhainne (Refill American Standard Barrel), 27.7% “Highland Malt Blend” (Light/Medium Toast Hybrid Cask), 4.3% “Highland Malt Blend” (Refill Hybrid Cask), and 15.6% “Highland Malt Blend” (Heavy Toast Hybrid Cask). The Highland Malt Blend mentioned is 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine, and 20% Teaninich. This is bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Very malty with vanilla, butterscotch, strawberry jam, and a bit of caramel. This strikes me much more as ex-bourbon than sherry despite being close to 50% sherry cask matured malt.
Palate: Toffee leads off with plenty of oak and some woody mushrooms. Caramel notes are still strong while this remains very malty.
Finish: A bit sour and funky oak here with more butterscotch and strawberries.
Rating: 85/100 – A very interesting profile that is quite different compared to the standard Spice Tree.
Value for the money: These retail around $130 which is about $50 more than the Spice Tree. I don’t think I like it that much better to warrant the extra $50, but it’s hard to compare directly since it’s quite a bit different. I may end up picking one up at $130, but I wouldn’t pay any more.