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I'm a certified Islay nut (this is written by Tony), and rarely venture to the world of Speyside, but The Balvenie single barrel is the whisky the made me first broaden my horizons.
The Single Barrel is a 15 year-old single malt matured in a bourbon cask. Each bottling forms a limited edition of no more than 350 hand-numbered bottles. Nevertheless, there is in my opinion a fair degree of consistency between them. Pat's notes:
Nose: One of the sweetest and most fruity noses of any malt, bursting with exotic fruits in syrup. Palate: Hedonism in a glass, with vanilla drenched candies, tinned peach and pear, a tinned fruit dessert in a glass. Finish: More of the same. A one hit wonder of a whisky. But what a wonderful one hit!
Tony adds. I'm not sure I agree with Pat there, his notes comes accross as it being a super sweet hit. I think this has much more wood in it than he implies, it is a complex and spicy as well a sweet and honeyed. Sums up all that is good in Balvenie.