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Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Year Old

Peated Balvenie? oh YES! YES!

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@galgReview by @galg

17th Oct 2010


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  • Taste
  • Finish
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Colour: Golden

Nose: I love this nose. is this a Balvenie? It starts with a nice Smokey aroma. Some kippers, some earthy musty peat, then the sweetness hits you. On top of all this peat floats a little malty sugary (burnt sugar kind of) sweetness. This is sheer beauty.

On second whiff, a certain fruitiness (peach? apricot? ) appears to hover above the smoky fire, now gone. i could be sniffing this little wonder of a dram for hours. this is very interesting. Not medicinal at all.

Palate: We start of with a sweet and malty feeling. creamy, Balvenie style. Some spicy peppery sort of feeling going on in my mouth as well, not spicy pepper, more like Smokey pepper. Butter, cream, oil. viscous stuff. some toffee, and the sugars are not missing.

Finish: Medium, with some cocoa, citrus zest, spices and of course the wee pepper notes, ending on bitters.

Bottom line:

A very well made dram. the nose is a-m-a-z-i-n-g, i just love it, the palate is good, but not quite as the nose. All in all, one of the better Balvenies I've tried. Better get going and secure a bottle. not many are there for grabs! (7000 bottles i reckon).

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jeanluc commented

Very nice review @Galg. It's got me salivating, even on a Monday morning ;)

11 years ago 0

aquarius commented

Totally agree with all above. I would maybe add just a bit of wood flavour on the palate. I love "Islay taste", but not at any given moment. With this one we get a great (I dare not say perfect) combination of gentle&rough if I may say so.

11 years ago 0

CaptinTom commented

I just got a bottle of this duty free but mine is bottled at 48.7% ABV

9 years ago 0

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