This exciting new expression follows the acclaim of 2008’s limited edition Balvenie 17 Year Old Rum Cask, and the subsequent popularity of rum cask-finished whiskies, with a whisky that bears all the hallmarks of the Balvenie, but with an added level of complexity that comes from finishing the whisky in casks that once held Caribbean rum.
After a 14 year maturation period in traditional oak whisky casks, the Balvenie is then transferred to the 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. Lovely bright gold color. Layers of sweetness (the characteristic Balvenie honey, along with vanilla fudge, nougat and rich toffee) peppered with dried spice and a hint of tropical fruit (papaya, guava, tangerine). Great viscosity with good grip on the finish.
Nose: Soft brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, honey, cherry liqueur chocolates, slightest suggestion of pepper and oak
Palate: Waxy mouthfeel, overripe bananas and nectarines, rum soaked Xmas cake with an abundance of candied ginger, little woody
Finish: Moderate to quite long, classic Balvenie honey, returning brown sugar, hints of nutmeg and cardamom