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Balvenie 10 Year Old Founder's Reserve

Balvenie: Bring This One Back!

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@VictorReview by @Victor

6th Feb 2011


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The Balvenie 10 yr. old Founder's Reserve is a malt which has been recently discontinued. I did manage to buy a bottle within the last 4 months. Some time ago this was my first malt whisky, and I must say that I fell in love with it. The 10 yr Founder's Reserve combines malt matured only in bourbon casks with malt matured only in sherry casks

Nose: rich, sweet, complex, fruity, sherry wine,honey, with a faint hint of peat

Taste: honey first, then sherry, then malt, with a little peat, some plum flavour, and a touch of chestnut

Finish: Complexity remains through a rather long finish, with each of the different elements remaining tastable until the end

Balance: This is a beautiful little whisky, and I think that it is enjoyable by any whisky lovers who can appreciate subtlety and complexity. Yes, it is "beginner-friendly", but that is just a bonus here. Both the flavours and the balance of this 10 yr Founder's Reserve work far better for me than the 12 yr old DoubleWood which seems to be The Balvenie's designated replacement at the young end of the age spectrum

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jwise commented

I have been eyeing several bottles at local shops, but at $47/bottle, it was enough to keep me from trying it out "blind." After hearing about it now, I would love to get a taste of it. However, I am in an agreement with some fellow compulsive buyers of whisky to go on a sort of "fast" (from buying, not drinking!) until March 17th. Bummer...

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