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So we have recently done a Balvenie tasting pack of five different expressions. thought we would post our notes here.
The Founder’s Reserve is first up. This was introduced as one of the standard Balvenie expressions in the eighties but was recently replaced by the Signature 12 year old. It is a combination of bourbon and sherry cask matured whisky.
Nose: Initially a faint hint of tea. Tangerines and oranges. Dried fruit peel. Liquorice sticks. Light oak. Taste: Lightly sherried. Soft, rounded. Spiced oranges and cream. The oak adds a little spice but isn't allowed to dominate. Superbly balanced.
We were very impressed with this and on average slightly preferred it to the doublewood and signature. We fortuitously came by some bottles (hence this tasting) and are on the look out for some more! It is fetching around £40 per bottle on ebay