This is one of the core expressions from the Balvenie stable so-called because it had was finished in rum casks. Rum is an interesting and varied spirit itself so the effects on whisky can be quite different depending on where it’s from. That said I’m always interested to see what it does and was really excited to try it at last year’s Whisky Live.
Aged 14 years. 43% ABV. Finished in Caribbean rum casks.
Nose: Coconut. Rum & raisin ice cream. Pineapple. Pina colada. That strawberries and cream flavouring they use in candies and yogurts and such. Brown sugar.
Palate: Sweet rum. A bit of fresh road tar and sticky rubber. Malibu (the drink). Coconut chocolate. Boiled sweets. Caramel.
Finish: Medium length. Very sweet, like throat lozenges almost, and a refreshing fruity note.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This is a very nice whisky, while a bit sweet for my taste it’s not sickeningly so, the flavours come together well. Very interesting, but the bourbon cask influence is doing more talking than the rum here, but it definitely had some notes I’m not familiar with together in a whisky.