In stockUnit size: 750, Region: Speyside, Varietal: , Country: Scotland Vintage:
After a 14 year maturation period in traditional oak whisky casks, the Balvenie is then transferred to the caribbean rum casks, leading to an exceptional Single Malt that exemplifies the signature smooth, honeyed character of the Balvenie, while adding unique notes of toffee and fruit that come from its innovative cask finish.
A great balance of fruit, vanilla and toffee sweetness. A little spice, but surprisingly, not as much as the signature. In this expression, the fruit starts on apples, then leans slightly towards the tropical side, reminding me a little of Glenmorangie 18 year. The palate is much thicker than the Signature 12. It’s sweet and malty.
The maltiness continues into the finish, with some spice and a nice drying sensation. The finish is medium-long, with the spices lingering. Not quite as impressive on the nose as the Signature 12, but the palate and finish make for a very well balanced whisky, elevating it above the other expressions. It’s not quite as rich and elegant as the 17 year Madeira Cask, though. Overall, very impressive!