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I received this as a valentines day gift from my lovely wife. She got it because it was Ballantine's for her valentine (very cute) but enough about romance, this is a whisky review after all.. This is a whisky I had seen and heard a lot about, obviously Jim Murray is a fan and gave it a very high score, whisky of the year I believe! Does is deserve the praise it received? I think I probably does, it is a smooth, complex well aged blend with a long finish. On the nose you are greeted with lemony citrus, sweet vanilla, honey, malt and slight caramel, it almost smells like a desert smorgasbord. Taking a sip you are greeted with a creamy almost oily texture. There are hints of sweetness on the palate with honey and chocolate but it is subtle and quickly dissipates to strong malt flavours, hints of oak, and an interesting citrusy bitterness. This is followed by a lengthy finish. This is a beautiful whisky and i'm not sure that my review does it justice. I am sure of however that this is a whisky all the connosr members most definitely should try!