The Balvenie

10 Years Old, Founder's Reserve

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 4
Specifications
Brand: The Balvenie
Expression: 10 Years Old, Founder's Reserve
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 10 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 4
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Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Dazzling complexity; light yet softly smoked, with both youthful grassy notes and heavier, richer ones. A treat.
Palate: Rich, faintly honeyed malt tones, underpinned by smokiness. The fruitiness is faint but essential to the complexity.
Finish: Dry malt and gentle peat take equal and alternate stage. Some lovely cocoa notes on the finish.
Comment: Balvenie has long been a favourite, and this expression is sublime. A riposte to any who claim that all Speysiders are much of a muchness.
9.0
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Orange-honey perfume. Musky, faint hint of peat.
Palate: Honeyed sweetness drying to lightly spicy notes. Very lively. Just a hint of sherry.
Finish: A tingly, almost aggressive, surge of flavours, with lingering, syrupy honey.
Comment: The most honeyish of Speyside malts?
8.5
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