From The Distiller:
Matured in traditional oak and finished in casks previously used to make fortified Madeira wine, The Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 Year Old is a real treat for the Scotch whisky enthusiast; an exceptionally rich and rewarding mature single malt whose deep, luxurious aromas translate into an equally rewarding flavour of spice and dried fruit.
Describing The Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 Year Old, Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart says, "Each bottling is its own alchemy of spirit, wood and time, but knowing how well port and Oloroso sherry cask maturation complements The Balvenie's honeyed sweetness we were sure that a Madeira cask would produce interesting results. The 17 year old whisky extracted some wonderful rich spice and distinct raisin flavours from the Madeira cask, which we hope malt enthusiasts will enjoy discovering in the glass."
The Balvenie Madeira Cask is the latest in a series of six 17 Year Old limited edition releases by The Balvenie Distillery and offers a spicy counterpoint to the rich sweetness of 2008's release, the award-winning The Balvenie RumCask.
David Stewart's Tasting Notes:
Nose - Rich, deep and complex. Spicy, earthy oak notes with subtle hints of vanilla and honey. Soft fruit aromas, a slow baked apple infused with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Taste - The deep, luxurious aromas translate into an equally rewarding flavour. Initial sweet vanilla oak notes gradually develop into rich spices and dried fruits (apricots, figs, dates).
Finish - exceptionally long and an intriguing balance of sweetness and dry oakiness.
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