It’s pretty much what I expected, but I can’t say that I was disappointed. This takes my favourite parts of the OG Spice Tree and successfully adds a drop of sherried richness. It’s just a drop, too: this isn’t a sherry monster by any means. I feel like I’m getting more Clynelish in this one, even though it paradoxically contains less Clynelish than the standard Spice Tree. That said, I don’t think I could have told you what a Clynelish tasted like back when I reviewed the standard Spice Tree…
The only thing I’m not sure about is the finish, which is a bit on the bitter side for me. I enjoyed my glass, but I think I need to be in the mood for it. I’m glad I was able to finally try this. It’s bringing to mind some of my favourite Arrans. This may be a bit on the perfumey side for some, but it’s absolutely worth seeking out, especially if you’re a Clynelish fan.
Nose: Distinguished and fragrant. Plenty of spice character, as expected: clove, vanilla, cardamom, and a bit of cinnamon. There’s some sherry, but it’s not way up front. Some very fragrant chocolate, figs, poached pears, apricots, and various fruit jams. Fragrant, savoury wood oils and leather, along with citrus oils and potpourri. A good dose of maple syrup and brown sugar. Ooo, wood-fired oven filled with Italian pastries. Some nutty malt underpins everything, with a similar soy sauce note that I remember getting from the original Spice Tree.
Palate: Thick texture. Clynelish-y on the arrival: parrafin, honey, and flowers, with some apple jam and caramel. Maple syrup, cinnamon, rum, and rich tropical fruit (dates especially) in the middle. Nutty notes of almonds and sunflower seeds. Develops into tobacco, rich oak, and dark chocolate towards the back end. Some light-roast coffee and worn leather, with some interesting earthy notes. More of that soy sauce, with some caramelized mushrooms. A tiny hint of sulfur.
Finish: Medium-long. Slightly tart sticky tropical fruit. More of that fragrant oak and wax. Vanilla, rich brown sugar, and plenty of toasted malt. Sugar-dusted grapefruit (with some pith), orange blossom water, and candied ginger. Just a hint of black pepper and powdered spices.