The Balvenie 17 Years Old Peated Cask (Official Bottling)

48.7% ABV, ~£60 for 70cl.

Score 85/100

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What they say:

The Balvenie distillery remains totally dedicated to the traditions, care and craftsmanship of malt whisky making and has been owned and managed by the same independent family company for five generations. A traditional furnace generates warm air which permeates up through the wire mesh floor of the kiln, before gently drying the green malt and ending germination, before passing through the louvres in the pagoda roof. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, that still malts its own traditional floor maltings, that still has coppers to tend all the casks and a coppersmith to tend the stills.

From this distillery comes The Balvenie Peated Cask characterised by sweet spice and smoke. Peated cask is crafted by maturing for 17 years in a traditional oak whisky barrel before transferring to either a heavily peated cask or  a new american oak cask for a final period of maturation. The two finished liquids are then introduced to one another in traditional oak marrying vessels. The result is beautifully sweet and spicy with layers of peaty smokiness.

Tasting notes: Prominent smoke softens to reveal oaky, honey and vanilla. Cinnamon and nutmeg develop with time. The finish is sweet and spicy with a hint of smoke.

What I say:

Colour:

Yellow gold

Nose:

Sweet ripe bananas and a hint of TCP [esters and phenols]

Taste:

This has a warming prickly character like molten butter with caramelised sugar

Finish:

The peat comes through in the finish which is long and almost nutty and spicy

Would I buy it again:

I think my friends put it best when they said:

yup

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