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Color: honey gold.
Nose: wonderfully sweet. Gobs of orange blossom honey poured generously over Greek vanilla yogurt. Surprisingly tropical too with bits of coconut and pineapple. Adding a little water brings us back to northern latitudes with hints of mountain pine.
Body: medium and creamy smooth.
Palate: powerful oaky vanilla and rich caramel, with a dash of dark chocolate bitterness and spicy cinnamon.
Finish: long and full of buttered oatmeal and decadent cocoa.
At $75, this whisky had to be excellent, and it was, without question. I tried this first in a blind tasting with friends, and everyone guessed (accurately) that it was the most expensive bottle in the bunch, and it was rated the favorite of the night, just edging out the Laphroaig Triple Wood. This is my new favorite Balvenie. I loved the DoubleWood 17 but experienced some sticker shock over its $150 price tag. By contrast, this one feels like a steal. Buy it now.