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The Balvenie Double Wood opens up with a rich, warming aroma full of red dried fruit sweetness. Further nosing lets you discover some apple and makes you hungry for a piece of rum-filled cake.
You could keep on nosing for minutes before taking the first sip, and to be honest this is when you reach the climax of this dram.
Where the nose is quite complex and would give you the feeling this is a rich, full bodied dram, you could end up getting disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad dram at all. It has a medium-light body with a sweet opening in flavour, immediately followed by a peppery sensation that causes this whisky to lose some of its schwung...too bad.
The aftertaste takes more to the initial nosing and tends to last a half a minute, but you've got to sense beyond the stingy feel. The last thing that'll fade away slowly in your throath will be some bitterness. Again...too bad.