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Let me preface this by saying that this is a favorite of mine, I love this whiskey. This is also a dangerous review since I am sitting at home and at any moment my significant other may storm through the front door and catch me writing this with a glass poured up next to my laptop. The problem with this, the sun is still above the horizon and I have chores to be doing. So if I suddenly stop writing at any moment, you'll know why.
This Balvenie opens with a great nose of that trademark honey, caramel, and oak but only after adding just a small dash of water to coax out the aromas.
The body is rich and oily almost, and very smooth.
As you take the first sip you again smell that great honey aroma as you bring the glass to your lips but once you get your first taste things begin to change. The taste of oak fills your mouth, with nutty undertones at times and a slight sweetness that kisses at your palate. A small amount of fruit lies beneath as well but takes a few sips to begin to notice, and this discovery makes it all the better.
The finish is short and sweet, literally, with a hint of sherry and the very last thing your left with is that oak, standing on the back of your throat waiting for the next reinforcement.
At its price point (I payed $30 US for it) its very attractive, enough to give the more experienced something to think about while being easy enough for the novice to learn a thing or two.