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I managed to acquire a bottle of Compass Box "Hedonism" on my last trip.  Had a tasting last night.  Strong flavor of heather honey... it has that flowery sweetness... on the front end.  Some leather and creamy vanilla in the middle, with a bright, cinnamon finish (not too heavy, but definitely cinnamon).  It is, to me, an excellent whisky, very different than the Asyla...  really, different.  Asyla is more like an aperitif.  Hedonism is certainly a whisky to enjoy with a good cigar after a great steak dinner.  I've not had that opportunity, yet.  
Hedonism is defined as the pursuit of pleasure; sensual self-indulgence... this whisky definitely fits that definition.  It goes, after a single tasting, into my top 10 category... distinctive, smooth, complex... a "classic".  Scale of 0-10, I give it a 9.7.  
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I’ve never tried “Hedonism” before, but I did recently buy a bottle of Compass Box “Spice Tree,” and I think that stuff is just outstanding! It’s definitely the best blended Scotch I’ve tried thus far. Similar to your description of Hedonism, I get a prominent cinnamon taste, as well as some toasted almonds, vanilla, malt, and caramel. I will definitely buy more in the future!
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I have not tried the "Spice Tree"... for a period of time it could not be shipped to Arizona... something to do with the shipper's licensing.  However, they could ship the Hedonism.  Go figure.  
I can't get anything shipped into Alabama, or even Georgia.  Gotta love the "Bible Belt"...
I would love to try the Spice Tree, now... doubt I can get it in Alabama (the ABC buyers SUCK).  Plus it would be nearly 100% more than actual cost in states where pricing/sales is not completely set by the bureaucrats.
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Dan, the reason you were unable to get Spice Tree in the past might have been related to an interesting controversy Compass Box found itself in related to the production of Spice Tree. The Scotch Whisky Association made them take Spice Tree off the market for a time, because they said its method of production violated the rules for what can legally be called “Scotch Whisky.” Compass Box was inserting oak staves into the casks to give the blend additional vanilla and cinnamon flavors, and that violated the laws for how Scotch whisky must be produced. Nothing can legally be inserted into the casks. So, Compass Box ceased production for a time until they could figure out a way to get the same flavor profile while complying with the SWA rules. Evidently, they succeeded, and a “legal” version of Spice Tree was recently re-introduced.

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https://scotchwhisky.com/whiskypedia/2826/the-spice-tree/
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Ted, that may well be the reason.  The purveyor merely told me they could not ship due to legal issues with the shipper.  Possibly did not want anyone to know they were violating whisky rules.  
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