Balvenie 12yo (40%, Signature batch No. 001, +/-2008)

A recent limited release from the justly famous Balvenie Distillery in Speyside; Signature, of David Stewart, The Balvenie Malt Master. The nose is sweet and honeyed with a back ground of warm brown Demerara sugar, a slight bit of oranges with gentle wood and wood workers shop. Very soft and gentle. The taste is also quite sweet with raisins, orange, toffee, oak, cedar and a rich sweetness much like cooked peaches. It’s very tasty. The finish is quite dry with the sweetness but also a lot of oak and mild leather and tobacco notes with some latter development of barley dust. Also some hints of fresh hay. Over all very well balanced from start to finish, not a dram that grabs you by the throat but is much more subtle and complex, you have to pay attention. One to savour rather than just slam down your throat.


Score 86 Points

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