I’m not a huge fan of Balvenie, I find their whiskies overpriced and underwhelming, but like any good peat head, you mention the word ‘peat’ and I’m all ears. This one was finished for an undisclosed period of time in a cask that previously held peated whisky (something a few distilleries are doing now with varying degrees of success). Anyways it had me interested and I’d been dying to try some. Thanks again to the VIP area at Whisky Live Tel Aviv for making my dreams come true.
Aged 17 years. 43%ABV. Finished in casks that previously held peated whisky.
Nose: Honey. Light herbs. Grass. Peaches. Hint of dirt. A slight leather note.
Palate: Grit. Dry wood. Lychees. Oranges. Spice, lots of spice.
Finish: Medium long. Spicy. Slightly earthy. Slightly citrusy.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Balvenie strikes again. Underwhelming whisky. I barely felt the peat cask influence and really just got more of the same, fruity, spicy Balvenie that’s in all the other Balvenies. This sure feels like a gimmick to me.