Sweet sweet custard notes come in to play on the nose with sufficient hints of honey. The palate is a warm tingly mix of apple stew with a dollop of sugar on top. The finish is surprisingly long for a Speyside this mild with nicely balanced sweet notes covered in pears.
While my general comments are positive overall this single malt is not up to Balvenie’s usual high standards.
Rating : 84
Complex nose. Slightly floral. Slightly fruity. Smooth delivery which leaves some spices at the back of the throat. Rich nutmeg, all spice, pine seeds. Mixed in chocolate and raisins. The rum casks play their role admirably without appearing too boisterous. Didn’t expect something so complex from something this young. A beautiful mix of dry fruits and flowers. A splash of water will open up and magnify all the flavors.
Rating : 91