This brand new Balvenie was fully matured in Oloroso sherry casks.
Colour: deep amber with bronze hues.
Nose: starts immediately dry, mostly on coffee and bitter cocoa, which is certainly unusual for Balvenie, but rather beautiful. Gets even more coffeeish (all kinds of coffee, from espresso to café latte) and rather perfectly spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of star anise), and then more ‘antique’, with old leather, wax polish, old furniture... Discreet whiffs of soy sauce, but not meatiness here. I really like this one, very cleanly dry.
Mouth: a slight weakness at the attack due to the low strength but it’s soon to take off, on these coffeeish and chocolaty notes again, prunes, Corinth raisins, the same spices as on the nose and a slight, pleasant tannicity (not bone-dry). Maybe the middle is a bit weakish again but the finish is longer again, rather full, clean, still very dry, with pleasant tannins and an aftertaste on cooked blackcurrants and prunes. A success I think. 88 points.
Customer Reviews: (13 reviews)
Stunning. Lovely dark colour, rich, sweet flavour with a silky feel and a lovely oak after taste. Worth the money.
- Andy Mack, 4th Jan '12
This is an absolute gem of a whiskey which is very enjoyable. I would have no hesitation in recommending this Balvenie to anyone.
- USAinScotland, 16th Nov '11
I have expensive taste, it seems. But, this is worth the $100 it will take to buy it. It is sweet, and yet masculine and flavorable. Smooth, easy to drink, and rewarding. I haven't had anything better, though I usually enjoy a St George for about half the price.
- heshimu, 20th Aug '11
What a splendid Balvenie this is. It tastes quite out of range compared to the other bottlings. The spice is remarkably present for this dram, but with the typical Balvenie sweetness in the background.After adding a few drops of water the spice moves to the background to be just a bit spicy Balvenie. For me, one of the best Balvenies bottled in the last few years.
- anonymous, 1st Aug '11
I just received this as a gift, it is amazing. I was somewhat surprised to learn how expensive the bottle is for the flavor, I can't describe it in quite the same flowery terms but I did note a rather fruity mild taste after the initial whisky brine, peat, and leather that strikes first. Worth having, especially when free.
- LushandFlushinABQ, 30th Nov '10
Excellent and warm. Soft. Wonderful caramel color, taste and feel. In my opinion the flavor that pops out the most is cooked fig more than raisin. Very nice. I think it is now my new favorite!
- anonymous, 9th Jan '10
An exceptional whisky enjoyed by both my wife and I. Well worth a treat in the summer evening.
- anonymous, 12th Jun '09
A truly outstanding whisky
- anonymous, 6th Jun '09
- mighty quaid, 19th Apr '09
I agree with all the above posts another bottle or two is on my wish list - this one you have to try :)
- anonymous, 7th Jan '09
This one is outstanding, one of the best Balvenies for sure - it deserves all the awards it has won.
- Whisky Taster, 6th Jan '09
an excellent sherry oak, rich, and fantastic on the pallate
- anonymous, 4th Jan '09
just brilliant, one of the best, if not the best, i ever had. the sherry flavour makes it smoother than usual.
- nuno - portugal, 31st Dec '08
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