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Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask gave me mixed emotions with it's rum-like dryness and sweetness. It was like a roller coaster ride of good and not that good aromas and taste. Few days before tasting Balvenie's 14 year old Caribbean Cask, I had tried a sample of Ron Matusalem 15 year old Gran Reserva rum. The tastes of these two were very similar so I have to say that the rum influence is obvious in the Caribbean Cask.
Balvenie 14 yrs Caribbean Cask's balance and taste are fairly good ones but the nose was too flat and the finish, though long enough, just didn't match my taste...so that's why this Balvenie was like watching After the Sunset. Getting excited every time the sweet Salma Hayek appears just to be died down by Pierce Brosnan's dry behaviour on screen.
Too bad that Pierce got more screen time, which also happened with Balvenie. Dryness wins barely, but just enough to earn under 80 points from me.
Nose: Fruity and woody in a mellow way. Too light for my taste but reminds me of fine rums.
Taste: Round with sweet vanilla mixed with dry fruits and oak. The feel of rum is there very much.
Finish: Long but not for my taste. The dry rum cask wins the battle, giving few chances for the sugar canes to impact.
Balance: Overall in good balance but maybe not enough character for my taste. Still an okay dram, offering a round palate.