Compass Box Debuts Two New Limited Edition Blended Scotches - The Whiskey Wash

Compass Box Debuts Two New Limited Edition Blended Scotches

Compass Box Spice Tree ExtravaganzaCompass Box continues to show time and again why it is one of the best at sourcing and blending Scotch whisky. We recently reviewed Asyla and Hedonism rather favorably, and now the independent bottler is out with word of two new pending releases – Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe, and Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza.

Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe, bottled at 49.2% ABV, is both non-chill filtered and of natural color. While you might think, “Three years old? not that interesting,” there’s a rub. Current regulations only allow for the age of the youngest component whisky in a blend to be shared in marketing materials like the label, so thus the name.

What’s in the bottle is far more than that, consisting of “less than 1% three year-old malt whisky produced near the village of Brora [this is aged from new make-spirit in their own first-fill American oak casks], 90% malt whisky of an unstated age from the same distillery and around 9% peaty malt whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye.”

Tasting notes for Three Year Old Deluxe from Compass Box indicate that “the rich vanilla notes, waxy mouthfeel and decadent baked orchard fruit notes from the larger parcel of Highland malt whisky provide a beautiful platform on top of which the brooding qualities of the peaty malt whisky and the clean, bright character of the three year-old parcel are able to shine.”

The other new release, meanwhile, is Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza. This particular expression is being put out to market on the 10th anniversary of Compass Box being forced to discontinue the original Spice Tree due to “a certain avante garde approach to cask maturation that was deemed ‘untraditional’.” It “reinterprets” this “through the use of older components and a significant portion of sherry-cask aged malt whisky.”

Tasting notes for this whisky, bottled at 46% ABV, indicate a spirit that’s “decadent and playful on the nose, you will find notes of sherry wine, dark berries and the fragrant sweetness of traditional sweet shops. On the palate there is juicy red fruit, a dark brown sugar richness, the trademark Spice Tree ginger and clove spice character and an endlessly long, spicy, substantial finish.”

Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe and Spice Tree Extravaganza will price at £200 (about $260 USD) and £100 (about $130 USD), respectively.


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