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I am on my mini quest to find the perfect line up…….let me explain. I want a go to my whisky cabinet and see a Speyside, Highland, Islay and an Independent Bottler or less known distillery ie. Tomatin, Signatory etc. These will be my “Go To” bottles for affordability and quality. Depending on the mood I’m in that night I will be able to look at my readily available bottles and decide what I want to dive into.
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 year old
Nose: The Balvenie classic, vanilla extract and sweet honey, a sherry influence begins to emerge, aged cask and spices, cherry pie just taken out the oven. The nose is delicate and takes time to open up, after a few min the rum influences take over which are a perfect mix for this single malt. Lastly there are slight hints of lavender and green apples with toffee and vanilla pudding.
Taste: Sweet succulent roasted vanilla and peppers, cereal, some almond/walnut hints, sherry influenced with oak barrel
Finish: For a 14 yo this is some smooth whisky, little to no alcohol burn, warm with a semi medium finish. Pepper comes back with honey and wood, coats the moth with a nice rum finish.
Final Thoughts: Delicious dram and well worth the price……just remember to give this bottle time to breathe and you will appreciate it a lot more once the flavors emerge