Saturday, 3 December 2016

Compass Box 3yo Deluxe & Spice Tree Extravaganza: TWE Show Report

Hello everyone,

Well, we all know about these. If you don’t, head to Compass Box’s website and check out the long story of their battle for transparency in the whisky industry. I can only commend them. These have both just been released in the UK.

You can also email them to learn the components and ages to these blended malts.

Compass Box 3 year old Deluxe 49.2%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Clynelish all over, hugely waxy and oily with candle wax, lovely fresh fruit, threads of smoke, slight black pepper.
Taste: Soft, black pepper, candle wax continues, very waxy actually, some fresh fruit coming through, then more spice with some smoke.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Waxy, spicy and tropical.
83/100
Pushing the boundaries and our wallets (£200) but if I am honest I’d rather have a nice 20yo ib Clynelish at half the price (Review coming soon of exactly this).

Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza 46%
Colour: Amber
Body: Medium
Nose: Fruit, spice, new oak with some floral elements, lavender.
Taste: Soft arrival, floral again with white pepper, wax, Sherry and malty-ness.
Finish: Long length. Lovely floral notes with Sherried malt.
76/100
Lots of other malts I’d be buying at this price (£100).

I really respect what Compass Box do and these whiskies are good but overpriced in my opinion. People will buy them anyway.

Please keep in mind that generally (Compass Box joke in there) I really respect these guys but the only one of their whiskies I have really loved and bought is Flaming Heart 5th Ed. Maybe we just have different tastes?

Reviews #189-#190

Network Average: 74.7
Best Score: 91
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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