Speyside – 46.9%ABV – 750ml – $404 (wowza! This was originally about £100/$200 when it was first released 5 years ago)
It’s not secret that I’m a fan of The Balvenie. I’ll be headed there as part of the JSMWS tour this month and have been counting down the days until my arrival there. I was hoping to meet up with Mr. Sam Simmons while I’m out there but sadly, we’ll be missing one another.
In case you missed my video series on The Balvenie (special thanks goes out, once again to Sam on that one), you can check them out here.
The Balvenie has always nailed it with the 15yo single cask series, let’s see what another 10 years and an added $350 dollars does for this whisky…
On the nose — Lemony goodness right up front.
Pears, bruised macintosh apples.
This is all rounded out by what seems to be lightly salted peanuts (the smell, not the taste).
Malty. Tannic. Limes.
So far, I enjoyed the nose much more… Let’s take a break, maybe add a bit of water…
Water calms this one down quite a bit.
Dried apricots. Toasted coconut. Creme brulee.
In sum — Oh, you tease! The nose was brilliant. I can not stress that enough. The flavor of the whisky was a bit too shy but water woke her up just enough to make it all worth while. While normally I prefer a higher ABV, I think this one benefited with the addition of water. This is a watch-your-kids-play-in-the-sandbox-on-a-cool-summer’s-day type of dram. I’m not sure I know what that means but perhaps it’s the mix of parental pride and relaxation.
Special thanks goes out to Sam Simmons for the sample (sorry it took me so damn long to post on this one!!)