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This Bottle was purchased in Spring at Heathrow airport by my brother in law and gifted to me when he arrived in Canada. Interestingly it seems to be bottled at a higher 48.7% than the standard 43% alc/vol that is available in stores. It is also non chill filtered.
Colour: Red Gold
Nose: I can smell this one for hours, Honeyed orange peel with a hint of oak and smoke at the end. As with many of their bottlings the nose is very inviting and makes you want to dive right in.
Palate: Buttery Caramel sweetness with spices, a bit of apricot notes toward the end.
Finish: Sweet and smokey at the same time slowly changing to a bitter earth-peaty taste at the end. Not overwhelming but nicely balanced.
I can honestly say that while I am not a fan of The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old or Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask, this particular bottling has been quite enjoyable. Is it an Islay? Not even close however if your looking for something a little bit different you might want to give this one a chance.
You'll need to snap this one up soon as it is a limited release which is unfortunate.