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Only 1,920 bottles of this single malt were released for the UK market. This Balvenie offering was matured for 17 years in casks which previously held Jamaican rum.
Nose: Delicate. Notes of rich, yellow fruit and acacia honey with a soft buttery texture.
Palate: Very fruity, rich and ripe, with the allusion of bourbon from the toasty vanilla and soft Demerara.
Finish: Spicy oak and Muscovado sugar.
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Obviously rum is not your standard whisky finish - and the first sniff is an usual one that could be off putting. But persevere, and this is simply gorgeous. I am not a big fan of Balvenie in general - especially don't care for the Doublewood - but this is altogether more complex. There is a spritz that is almost Bruichladdich passion fruit like, and some brown sugar/molasses. But at the back also plenty of Balvenie citrus, and a nice sweet warmth. Definitely one for sipping in front of a fire - or on a Caribbean beach? See - told you it was complex... And it is also out of stock. so this may be my last dram.
21st February 2011