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This Balvenie (excuse me: 'The Balvenie'!) was part of a gift box that I got from my co-workers for my birthday. Tonight I decided to give it a go.
This single malt get his character - like the name implies - by maturing on two types of casks: first the American ex-bourbon oak and then finished for several months on oloroso sherry casks.
The dram makes nice tears in your glass. I kinda like that.
The nose is very sweet with fruits and a whole jar of honey. The sherry is very prominent, almost dominating. You can also smell the spices. A very interesting nose at least.
The dram fills your mouth completely with fruits and spices, more or less a continuation of the nose. But the whole is delicously smooth. Basically this is a good dram for beginners (while connoisseurs can still learn a thing or two). It's very accessible whisky, really.
The finish, which I found rather short, brings out toffee, but it's the sherry that dominates again. At the death, the oak comes to beg for another sip.
The whisky is warm and inviting, as if you are slipping into a hot bath, ready to take on a good book.