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I was very excited to try this, being a big fan of the sweet and wonderful Balvenie 12. This one really ups the sweetness level, in a great way.
The nose is so honeyed, rich and sugary that it reminded me of vanilla cake batter. There were more sweet fruits on offer here than in Carmen Miranda's hat. One could really sense the ex-bourbon maturation as well.
But although the nose was sweeter than the Doublewood 12, the palate was a little spicier and longer-lasting. It was VERY noticeably warming as well.
It didn't contain much of the woodiness or syrup flavor found in the Doublewood- it was more of a dessert whisky (similar to the Dalmore 15).
If you need a little sweetness and warmth in your scotch, this one is very special and memorable.