Compass Box has released two extremely limited offerings, the Spice Tree Extravaganza and the Three Year Old.
The Spice Tree Extravaganza, as the name suggests, draws its inspiration from their Signature Range classic, The Spice Tree, but reinterprets it through the use of older components and a significant portion of sherry-cask aged malt whisky. The Spice Tree’s trademark spice character is retained but set within a richer, more elegant frame with a new depth of flavour and complexity.
According to Compass Box, "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."
The Three Year Old is composed of less than 1% three year-old malt whisky produced near the village of Brora, 90% malt whisky of an unstated age from the same distillery and around 9% peaty malt whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye, regulations only permit them only to share details of the age of youngest component! No matter. For it is this three year-old that is most important to Compass Box. Aged from new-make spirit in their own first-fill American oak casks, it imparts a lively vivacity and represents a milestone in the development as whisky makers.
According to Compass Box, "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."