The Spice Tree – A New Style of Scotch Whisky.

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Undoubtedly, Scotch whisky is the most popular and famous of all whiskies Scottish distillers have a good understanding of marketing and spend lavishly to keep worldwide sales growing year after year.

Scotch whisky production and export constitute a large part of Scotland’s Gross National product.

Other whisky (whiskey spell the Americans and Irish) producers, Canada, the U.S.A., Ireland, Japan, and India spend considerably less promoting their spirits.

Scotch whisky was always a blended spirit, but approximately 50 years ago Glenfiddich introduced the idea of single-malt, coming form one distillery with special organoleptic characteristics that interest Scotch whisky aficionados. Single-malt whiskies are also blended from the inventory of the same distillery but only single malt whiskies are considered.

Single malts represent a small portion of the total output of Scotland.

Scotch whisky was generally, and to a large extent still is, aged in old sherry and Bourbon casks, but in the past two decades more and more distilleries started aging their whiskies partially in Port, Madeira, Burgundy, rum, and cognac barrels.

Master blenders work hard to find the best combination to achieve the unique character of the final product. By law, the age stated on the label of a bottle of Scotch whisky if that of the youngest in the blend.

The Spice Tree is the brainchild of the former marketing director of Jonnie Walker, in London, who started The Compass Box Whisky Company and invented a new way of aging malt whisky which ahs become famous in a short time. The Scotch Whisky Association considered using staves in the aging barrel during the secondary aging process unacceptable.

Now The Spice Tree is aged in toasted barrelhead barrels and has been successfully relaunched.

It displays sweet aromas of clove, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. It is full-bodied, smooth with a long and pleasant finish.

The Spice Tree

consists of 10 – 12 year old malt whiskies distilled by the Clynelish Distillery ion the Highlands and aged in first fill and refill American oak barrels. The secondary maturation occurs in heavily toasted new French oak head barrels sourced from 195 year old Vosges forests.

The Spice Tree

is not chill-filtered.

There are plenty other Scotch whiskies, and many Scotch aficionados like to try them.

Here are some you can try:

The Arran Malt10 year old, Isle of Arran Distillers
Smells of citrus fruit and iodine greet the nose. In the mouth, citrus fruit flavours dominate. It is smooth with a long finish.

Glenkinchie 12 year old
Soft light texture with citrus zest flavours.

Enjoy Scotch, or any other whisky with a small amount of water to “unlock” the flavour. It makes a big difference.
Enjoy any whisky neat from a snifter or specially designed whisky glass.

The Spice Tree