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The top end of Balvenie's range, a combination of whiskies from 6 casks, 3 bourbon and 3 sherry, as selected by malt master David Stewart. A incredible limited whisky, with only 150 bottles worldwide, and an elegant balance of bourbon and sherry, amplifying the Balvenie honeyed style rather than hiding it underneath the whisky's age.Tasting Notes (2)
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Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate
The darkness of the hue of this, the second official release of a 40 year old from Balvenie, gives an indication of how intense the relationship between cask and spirit has been over its long sequestration. It emerges brimming with dense aromas such as tamarind paste, treacle, and Black Forest gateau. Amazingly, on the palate there's a lift of vanilla-like sweetness before the heavier drier elements close down on the finish. Incredibly limited; only 150 bottles produced. 88 Points.
Elegant old sherry wood, very floral honey, maple syrup, treacle toffee, wood polish on a surprisingly new wood floor, bits of old stained wood, fig rolls, a hint of green leaves and a slab of rich vanilla sponge cake.
Creamy vanilla, lemon zest and excellently balanced spicy wood: Cinnamon and nutmeg laced eggnog? Lemon egg custard tarts? A turn towards a tannic edge as you swallow, along with some old cognac rancio, with autumnal forests and damp wood.
Sugared raisins, sherbert, liquorice root, a lingering sweetness and a hint of minerality as it fades.
Surprisingly fresh for such an old whisky, with a nice balance between sherry and bourbon. They could have gone down the more common route of bringing out a sherried beast, but instead have stuck to the distillery character and built the sherry around a honeyed bourbon cask centre. Good work, Mr Stewart.
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