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Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set

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Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set

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DCS Compendium Chapter 1 Bottling Note

This is the start of something big. Massive, some might say. This is Chapter One of the Balvenie DCS Compendium, an incredible set of 25 bottles of Balvenie single malt celebrating the work of Balvenie's legendary Malt Master David C. Stewart, whom has been working at Balvenie for over 5 decades!

Each of the 5 chapters features 5 bottles, and each chapter has a theme that focuses on a different aspect of Balvenie's whisky. Chapter One's theme is 'Distillery Style', and looks at the sweet, honeyed style that can be found in Balvenie whiskies.

This Chapter One set features the following 5 bottles, as well as a handsome case and a copy of 'The Balvenie DCS Compendium' book, signed by David Stewart...

Balvenie 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 6587) - 57.5% ABV - 218 bottles

Filling Date: 6th May 2005

Bottling Date: 23rd March 2015

Producer's Tasting Note:

Nose: Fresh, tangy orange peel, notes of barley sugar, vibrant vanilla and a touch of honey.

Palate: Sweet maltiness, fruit salad in vanilla syrup, a touch of citrus and delicate blossom honey.

Finish: Gentle with malty notes and orchard fruits.

Balvenie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 5365) - 60.7% ABV - 114 bottles

Filling Date: 9th June 1997

Bottling Date: 23rd March 2015

Producer's Tasting Note:

Nose: Malty, with vanilla toffee, honey and a burst of cinnamon followed by butterscotch.

Palate: Beautiful depth of flavour with toffee sweetness, oak vanilla, runny honey and a gentle layer of spice.

Finish: Rich with a creamy sweetness and gentle spices.

Balvenie 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 612) - 54.1% ABV - 156 bottles

Filling Date: 12th February 1985

Bottling Date: 23rd March 2015

Producer's Tasting Note:

Nose: Fragrant notes of lemon peel, layered with heather honey and mild oak spices.

Palate: Fresh citrus, candied orange, a touch of maple honey sweetness, gentle spice and subtle oak vanilla.

Finish: Delicate citrus, subtle spices and soft oak.

Balvenie 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 2708) - 50.2% ABV - 80 bottles

Filling Date: 11th March 1978

Bottling Date: 23rd March 2015

Producer's Tasting Note:

Nose: Rich and malty, sweet toffee and vanilla fudge followed by layers of honeycomb and creamy oak.

Palate: Opulent with honey syrup, butterscotch, creamy vanilla and gentle cinnamon spiciness.

Finish: Lasting creamy sweetness and mellow spice.

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - 45.9% ABV - 68 bottles

Filling Date: 11th June 1968

Bottling Date: 26rd March 2015

Producer's Tasting Note:

Nose: Malt and oak mingle with brown sugar, vanilla toffee, candied orange, cinnamon and ginger.

Palate: Velvety, with blossom honey, oak vanilla, a touch of citrus and low-key spiciness.

Finish: Gentle, lingering waves of vanilla and oak spices.

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Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set Reviews

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I've just made a "sgroppino" with this wunderbar whisky, but I have to say that I prefer a glass of Cointreau. I give only five stars because I've sent the other five ones to buy this set.

1st February 2017

Great

An acquired taste. However, I took the set to a house party and mixed the lot together in a big pitcher with ice and coke and it tasted amazing. Went down a treat!

9th December 2016

better than I expected

Considering it's a fairly cheap drink I didn't expect too much of it. However (!!), I was surprised it tasted quite decent. Would probably buy this set once more, but unfortunately it is limited to one per person... still 5 stars

28th November 2016

Just got finished...

Gotta say, I'm a little sad I just spend 30 large on this set of booze for my 21st birthday party. Thought someone would at least share a little more than the backwash. Oh well...I'll keep the set up in my dorm room for the ladies to admire.

3rd March 2016

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