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This 14 Year Old Balvenie is only available in the Travel Retail segment. It was finished on Caribbean rum casks, lending it a nice golden sheen. Hence the name GoldenCask. It was bottled at the slightly higher than normal drinking strength of 47,5% ABV.
The rum shows itself early on the nose. Light brown sugar, banana, dried fruits, cinnamon and a whole bunch of nuts. On top of that, the typical Balvenie sweetness of oranges and vanilla is added. Taking a profound whiff rewards you with a wonderful hint of peat and pipe tobacco. Very complex.
It has a good body and great mouthfeel. Creamy, almost buttery. Immediately honeysweet, followed by the spices from the nose. Slightly peated, or so it seems. A perfect continuation of the nose. Midpalate, I make associations in my mind of sugared orange peel.
The finish is not overly long, but very sweet and warming.
This is candy whisky. Seems perfect with dessert or a big cigar. For the sweet teeth among us. I am one of them.