Scotch whiskymaker celebrates its most infamous anniversary with Limited Edition Scotch Whisky: ‘Spice Tree Extravaganza’ Scotland’s leading independent Scotch whiskymaker and six-time Whisky Magazine Innovator of the Year, Compass Box, today introduces its latest Limited Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky: ‘Spice Tree Extravaganza. Commenting on the timing of the release, Compass Box Founder & Whiskymaker John Glaser states: ‘Ten years ago we were compelled to discontinue production of one of our most innovative Scotch whiskies – The Spice Tree – due to a certain avant-garde approach to cask maturation that was deemed ‘untraditional’. In the years that followed we were able to work with our cooper friends in both France and Scotland to bring back The Spice Tree and now today – on the tenth anniversary of the original bottling being banned – we are proud to release this Limited Edition whisky – Spice Tree Extravaganza.’ Describing how this Limited Edition bottling differs from the more widely available ‘The Spice Tree’, Glaser explains: ‘One of the definitions of the word ‘extravaganza’ is ‘a literary or musical work marked by extreme freedom of style and structure’. That’s a good way to think about this whisky. As the name suggests, the liquid draws its inspiration from The Spice Tree but reinterprets it through the use of older components and a significant portion of sherry-cask matured aged malt whisky. In this way, 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.’ Elaborating on the character of the finished liquid, Whiskymaker John Glaser states: ‘Decadent and playful on the nose, we find notes of sherry wine, dark berries and the sweetness of traditional sweet shops. On the palate there is juicy red fruit, a dark brown sugar richness, the trademark ginger and clove spice character and a long, spicy, substantial finish. This is an excessive, rich, dare we say extravagant whisky. The perfect drink with which to mark one of our more infamous anniversaries. We encourage everyone to try it and enjoy it any way they like – there are no rules that can’t be broken.’ Bottled at 46% ABV, a total of 12,240 bottles of Spice Tree Extravaganza will be released worldwide – launching first in Europe where it will be widely available from 1st October 2016 and in the US from 1st November 2016 at £100 / $140 SRP.