The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Years Old

43% ABV, £44.83 for 70cl

Score: 71/100

The Balvenie CC14

What they say:

Caribbean Cask has been matured in traditional oak whisky casks for 14 years, and then ‘finished’ in casks that previously held Caribbean rum.

To create the ideal finish Malt Master David Stewart, filled American oak casks with his own blend of select West Indian rums.

When he judged the casks to be ready, the rum was replaced with the 14 year old spirit and the wood was put to work adding the final touches.

The result is an exceptional single malt whisky with the traditional smooth, honeyed character of The Balvenie, married with notes of toffee and a hint of fruit, with a warm, lingering finish.

NOSE: Rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combines with fresh fruit notes

TASTE: Rounded with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with a fruity character that develops with time

FINISH: Soft and lingering

What we say:

Previously covered in the Master of Craft tour. Andrew explained how the Carribean Rum is imported to Dufftown in Speyside and interred into the prepared casks for a period of maturation of the cask, before the Rum is switched out for the whisky that has previously spent a minimum of 14 years in a bourbon cask. The time in the rum-conditioned cask is variable dependent upon how quickly the whisky achieves the desired finishing but is minimally 4 to 6 months.

This golden dram carries aromas of brown sugar and pineapple, with a fruity taste with strong ripe banana flavours on top of the core whisky.