I can safely say that a glass of Batch 3 can be numbered among the best I have ever tasted. The nose was sublime, the palate incredible, and the finish long and extremely satisfying. Balvenie at its very very best.
Since this bottle is no longer available for purchase, I won't include tasting notes. Suffice it to say it marries sweet with fruit in a magical way that evokes hints of dried compote, red apples, berries, and citrus (mainly in the finish) along with caramel, nougat, white chocolate, and a hint of smoke.
If you can taste Batch 3, do so. You will NOT be disappointed. And if you find this bottle for purchase through some act of privilege or serendipity, please allow me to call you a fool if you do not buy it, provided you can afford the blessed bloody thing.
The Total Wine in Towson MD has it for $259.99. Price point is a bit high for me, but it is tempting after this review.
Actually, it probably has the Batch 6. The Batch 3 is about three times the bottle. Sorry to pee on your parade ; ). If they have the Batch 3 then you really should re-think your reticence.