The Balvenie

1972 Vintage Cask

ABV 47.3%
REVIEWED Issue 34
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Specifications
Brand: The Balvenie
Expression: 1972 Vintage Cask
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2003
ABV: 47.3%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Editor's Choice
Issue 34
Tasting notes
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Buttery richness. Butterscotch pudding. Bread and butter pudding. Honey.
Palate: Astonishingly syrupy smooth. Still evoking thoughts of the sweet trolley, but farther south; the honeyed pastries of the Balkans. Then a suggestion of chocolate powder hints at tiramisu.
Finish: Bitter chocolate. Terry's chocolate oranges.
Comment: The ultimate dessert dram. Beautifully composed.
9.3
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Hugely complex: perfumed with dried apricot, pear, orange and cinnamon. There's honey, hazelnut, orange blossom water, spices and light smoke.
Palate: Intensely concentrated mid-palate with a mass of honeyed red and black fruits, spice, apple. Superb balance and harmony between all the elements.
Finish: Sweet toffee. Smoke.
Comment: Proof, if it were needed, that this is a first-growth distillery.
9.0
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Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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