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-
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