Spice Tree The Signature Range CB

Overall rating
84.94/100
votes
248
Whiskybase ID
WB55483
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
2014
Casktype
French oak (heads) + American oak (bodies)
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Bottom label 'Compass Box Whisky Company'
Barcode
5065000482602
Added on
06 jun 2014 7:06 am by Ailios
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 55.82

23 × in wishlist

248 × member ratings

483 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Spice Tree The Signature Range CB

39 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.94 points.

  1. sludgehex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Fruity bomb!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Cipidos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  3. herby.usa scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. bankimate scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. ailean scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  6. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Lovely caramel and baking spices (cinnamon, five spice) on the nose. Orchard fruits, grain, oak, and mint on the palate.

  7. blacknapkins scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Nklto scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    This is a nice blend without any off notes and very easy to drink. It falls short at the end but still very enjoyable.

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I seem to have lost my notes for this one, but I recall being underwhelmed by it. CB gets a lot of good press among whisky aficionados, but the few examples I've tried (Spice Tree, Peat Monster, and Hedonism) have not made me want to go out and buy more of their releases.

  10. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Dram has harvested a lot of advance laurels and I'm glad to get to know him better.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pleasant sweetness and nice yellow fruit in the nose. Apricots, rum raisins, vanilla, some fresh wood
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and soft, with a nice yellow fruit. Honey and vanilla paired with a nice spice. Very pleasant and pleasant, if without corners and edges.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long with nice sweetness and fruit with a very soft finish.

  11. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Compass Box The Spice Tree WID: 55483
    Abv. 46%, American and French Oak, Blended Malt Whiskey
    Nose: generous floral notes, sour apples still a little unripe, well balanced but not too heavy and not too light
    Taste: spicy sweetness, with honey, agave juice and the apples from the nose
    Departure: the light spice on the palate carries a short to medium-long finish, here I find more caramel, rather than fruit or flowers
    Conclusion: a nice whiskey for the hot days. For my taste a touch too much acid. In my opinion, a reasonable PLV, but no buying reflex.

  12. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 95.5 points to the Spice Tree and was 2011 Best Scotch New Brand of the Year.

  14. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  15. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N 21 P 21 F 21 B 22

  16. BehindSpace scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. praisethepasta scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Beautifully presented and an  affordable price for a good, nicely balanced whisky that needs time to reveal its balance and complexity. Compass Box delivers yet again!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. praisethepasta scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    At first it isn't as spicy as the name suggests. It needs quite some time and just a dash of water (quarter of teaspoon suffices for me). It's a whisky with a fine balance of flavours. the added water somewhat breaks the thick texture and accentuates the spices. Another fine blended malt by Compass Box. Price - quality ratio this sure is  good value for your money. 84 - 85 points
    • Nose
      red fruits (berries); dry; some nuts, honey. Adding water brings out vanilla, (milk)chocolate,  nuts (hazelnuts and some walnut), and finally the spices emerge (clove and nutmeg)
    • Taste
      neat it has a rather dry arrival (surprisingly), followed by a whiff of vanilla, some wax (presumably from that distillery in Brora which shall not be mentioned), fudge and honey, with an oily texture. With water you need to let it rest a further 10-15 minutes to allow it to find a new balance and complexity as it doesn't add much at first and it only brings out a rather harsh nip. Once that fades away, the spices linger through, followed by vanilla.
    • Finish
      Neat it's a bit sharp, middle long with  a waxy and oily coating. With the water added it settles down and becomes soft and a bit creamy with the spices once again taking the final chord.

  19. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    great part - I like it - quite high quality, nicely composed
    • Nose
      soft floral notes, rum raisins, white chocolate, marc de champangne, lemon, oily, rich, vanilla, butter, geranium leaves, grapefruit skin, light oak, sawdust, glue
    • Taste
      nice soft, sweet, pleasing, fine spicy oak, sour lemon, delicate bitter note - some glue, birch sap
    • Finish
      warming, quite long, peppery oak - wax, anise

  21. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. Constantuyn scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. mer1973 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  24. fileosoph scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  25. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    After the nose a little disappointment the beginning.
    Though spiceiness cannot be a complaint.
    • Nose
      Very pleasing and elegant. Flowers, vanilla, green apple and banana.
    • Taste
      Spicy. Pepper, tannic oak, citruses, honeyed apple. Vibrant acids.
    • Finish
      Medium length, woody, spicy

  26. rpvdwel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. Andytka3 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Fragrant clove and vanilla custard, strong on bourbon cask influence.
    Deep floral of rose and green tea leaf, touch of mineral, flinty and new
    leather.

    P- Powdery mixed
    indian peppery spices, heavy on charred and tart wood that gives a dry
    sensation on mouthfeel, lack a bit of charm but well balanced with
    gentle sweetness and acidity.

    F- Smooth and long with a drift of spiciness. Dry and clean.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. Lucky28 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  30. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      A very nice and richly fragrant nose.

      Cinnamon, all spice, ginger.

      Notes of oaky vanilla, caramel fudge and some fruity/floral sweetness.
    • Taste
      Starts of surprisingly citric fresh before the spices arrive well in tune with the nose.

      I would call it full bodied, lots of taste but well ballanced, you have to concentrate on each flavour to sort them out.

      Creamy/oily mouth feel.
    • Finish
      Finish is of satisfactory lenght with warming spice and a tad bit bitter at the very end.

  31. whiskybros scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Compass-box-The-spice-tree/c21kp/57162caf0cf28d4bbf4d9d3c
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. Matt80 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not very expressive. Oak rather than spice dominates.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, oak, over time the vanilla note takes on added ice cream tones.

      With water - dessert wine, prickly spice.
    • Taste
      Strong oak, wood spice, vanilla, a little astringent.

      With water - some cream, a little licquorice.
    • Finish
      Medium/long, white wine note, spice, white pepper, wood.

      With water - creamy oak.

  33. tymiek scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. Defeatless scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet, some clove, anise, hint of kampher. Some wood and vanilla

    Taste: Vanilla, grassy, hint of all spice, fresh baked bread. Some ginger in the background, which tones down with water.

    Body: full and rounded

    Finish: Medium. Bourbon-y. Wood vanilla and some oranges

    Price: reasonable, I tend to find earlier batches better somehow

    Presentation: Although I highly recomment everything from Compass Box, this one is a bit overdone.

    Comments: A delightful aperitif.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  35. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at Malt Mongers Israel whisky club monthly meetup.

    This one was really full bodied and complex. Quite a ride of spices and meat and wood and wax. Great VFM too. 
    • Nose
      Butterscotch. Cinnamon buns. Cloves. Woody. Grilled meat. Nutmeg. Allspice. Wax paper. 
    • Taste
      Honey. Cloves. Wax. Cinnamon. Pepper. Nuts. 
    • Finish
      Long. Wood. Woodspice. Bitter fruits. 

  36. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice complex whisky, I wish I had the opportunity to try the old version for comparison but it is probably too expensive by now. Anyway, this one works just fine.

    (Rating interval 83-87 points)
    • Nose
      Sweet raisin, sultanas, prunes, icing sugar, marshmallows and soft vanilla are quite evident. There is also some rum-like notes of banana and molasses adding to the complexity of this dram. 
    • Taste
      The arrival is sweet and sour with mixed spices, raisin and coffee. After a few seconds on the tongue it becomes more oaky, with mineral, cinnamon, pepper and some sour apple. Also some table salt at the front of the tongue hinting its origin.
    • Finish
      The finish is warm and initially mouth filling but ends up quickly with sour fruit, lemon and grapefruit, some sour grain whisky (although, no grain whisky is part of this) and coffee also make appearance.

  37. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    you can drink it well. Very sweet whiskey. Very tasty, but also no high-flyer.
    • Nose
      sweet, a lot of vanilla, a hint of nutmeg, some fruit. Overall, relatively reluctant.
    • Taste
      tingling, vanilla, some fruit, and then clearly bitter oak, with some pepper.
    • Finish
      Pepper, vanilla, quite sweet with some oak. In the end, the sweetness is left.

  38. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    2013

    N: Woody, soggy terry towling flannel, Spey biscuit grain notes and pepper. 

    T: Lovely sweet honey arrival, lovely legs in the glass. Spice fizz, blimey!!

    F: Spearmint, anise, coffee then caramel - a delightful finish

    C: Poor nose, lovely but simple palate but the finish is a winner.

    Scores a B-

    March 2015

    N: Ive heard that Compass Box dangle wood chips inside the tops of the stills during distillation to boost the spiciness, as well as giving the casks a heavier charring. Again, its rather similar on the nose to Artists blend with an estery, oily fruitiness along with vanilla, cinnamon and caramel - providing a good body with and oak depth - very good this one. Theres more use of new French oak in Spice tree and hence there are more wood oils to be found - fancy that! Quality and moorish start.
    T: Regal arrival with a lovely oily honey mouthfeel and clearer signs of proper maturation. Also theres a super and consistent delivery coupled with much less spirit pepperiness with a long development too, perfect! Theres more milk chocolate with water but it loses is complexity at the same time. Its a dry palate overall.
    F: Oily chocolate, light buttermilk, bourbon wood fruits, aniseed - with vanilla and cream after another few minutes. Fruity, vanilla, cream-soda resides.  
    C: Super complexity for a blend along with good maturation levels. Well produced and delivered and dare i say, flawless. Far better than previous tastings of Spice Tree, this batch is spot on.

    Scores a B

  39. dicembre29 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    First thing to hit the nose is a big spicy sweetness. Something sort of zesty…perhaps orange rind…a little more tart than the fruit itself. This is tempered by a bit of vanilla and smoke. A swish over the palate brings that sweetness right up front and compliments it with some spice and malt. You’ll find a big oak nuttiness to it, soft vanilla edges and a charred roasted marshmallow flavor. A little peat smoke rounds out the back. The finish is long and warming. “The Spice Tree” is a bit heavier than the other Compass Box products I’ve tried thus far. This is a good thing.

    This whisky, like most in the Compass Box line, sports such a unique profile that it is quite difficult to predict the extent of its appeal, as it is somewhat challenging to draw parallels to other whiskies. If the opportunity presents itself, do try, and let me know what you think.

    Though “The Spice Tree” likely won’t hit the Canadian market for several months, we were fortunate enough to sample it at a recent tasting hosted by Compass Box’s John Glaser. I fear the price point on this one will put it out of reach for many (just a speculation), but I personally will anxiously be awaiting word on a Canadian release date.

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=104

     

     

  40. zinaf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    SGP: 853
    • Nose
      Gentle sweetness; fresh; ripe fruits; candy; flowers
    • Taste
      Sherry sweetness; then touch of toffee;
      Spice explosion!
    • Finish
      Long, sweet; cardamon

  41. Rom scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nose yellow fruits, honey, wax, vanilla, wood, dust. Mouth yellow fruits, honey, oak, resin, pepper. Complex and warming. Medium-long finish. Good, earn a lot with a long aeration.

  42. karloff scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    This whisky is in the book 101 whiskies you should try before you die and I have read a lot of great reviews about it, that, and I have tried Compass Box before, are the reasons I bought this bottle. I thought it was nice and I did enjoy it, but I think it is overrated. I was expecting something amazing.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      70 70

  43. karloff scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    A nice pleasant vatted malt. I bought this bottle at a whisky festival in Tynemouth. 
    • Nose
      Quite a hoppy nose on this one, with vanilla, dates, cinnamon, honey and lots of pepper.
    • Taste
      Medium to full bodied, as it says, a spicy taste of ginger, black pepper, curry powder and dates.
    • Finish
      A medium hot and spicy finish.

  44. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Add water and time for this interesting blended malt. With 46% abv, non-chill filtered and natural colour, this is a beautiful presentation. The ex-bourbon casks are fitted with new wood (french oak) cask heads, and are heavily toasted. Compass Box went to the limits of the rules and uses first class wood throughout. Recommendable effort, and recommended whisky.
    • Nose
      No water: sweet of flowers, vanilla, savoury herbs, pepper, chili, metalic hint.
      With water: lovely light and delicious sweetness of high-summer flowers. Interesting warmth high up in the nose. Metalic hint.
    • Taste
      Citrus arrival. Creamy honey sweetness, black pepper, floral warm notes.
    • Finish
      Long finish of undefined sweetness, and black pepper.

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