Arguably the ultimate Speyside dram, though the Glenfiddich Solera gives it a close run. A kaleidoscope of flavours.
15 Years Old, Single Barrel
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Again, closely related to the Founder's Reserve. More vanilla, with the honey a degree lighter than some previous bottlings. Even so, this is just wonderful.
Palate: An explosion of bittersweet flavours. Incredible depth and complexity with the trademark Balvenie maltiness. Lots of spicy peat notes.
Finish: Amazingly long with some chewy smoke, even a hint of liquorice. Some chocolate for good measure.
Comment: Arguably the ultimate Speyside dram, though the Glenfiddich Solera gives it a close run. A kaleidoscope of flavours.
Nose: Assertive. Dry, fresh oak. Heather. Rooty. Coconut. Lemon pith.
Palate: Lively. Cedar. Orange skins, fruity, pineapple-like sweetness and acidity.
Finish: Very dry. Peppery alcohol.
Comment: Certainly robust. Perhaps a little harsh?
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