There are only about 100 bottles of this nice scotch left in Ontario—18 of them in Brampton.
This isn’t the first time consumers have had to hoard Spice Tree.
A few years back, the Scotch Whisky Association asked Compass Box to stop making the whisky, a blend of single malts—mostly Speyside or Highlands—that was being aged with a little trick distiller John Glaser borrowed from vintners. In a second maturation, the Compass Box was adding oak inserts to its barrels.
More oak meant more flavour, more vanilla and a bourbony taste and mouth-feel, and a lot of people loved it. The SWA? Not so much. It seemed to consider the inserts to be cheating and asked Glaser to cease and desist. Thus began the first round of hoarding.
A couple of years back, however, there was a second coming, when Glaser found a way to toast the barrel tops to a fine char and reproduce his original product. Not only did the SWA approve, so did the LCBO, which brought it in last year.
It’s now, unfortunately, been discontinued. But there are still nearly 100 bottles in Ontario—18 of them in Brampton. At $67.25, it’s certainly a good deal for a nice scotch with pronounced gingerbread spice flavours.
Let the second round of hoarding begin.