All in all a good standard dram these days. When almost every whisky gets more oaky and bitter due to the cask supply problems this one at least stayed on a bearable level...
The colour is amontillad and the texture shows a few slow late legs and late fat tears. The nose is all about a honey-sweet sherry profile with some vanilla-driven aromas. Just as you would expect from the two casks it matured in. I like it when marketing and reality fit together...
The taste is on honey, vanilla -toffee and some sherry-induced flavours like dark chocolate and raisins. Not the slightest trace of sulphur, so congrats to an excellent cask management at Balvenie. The wood is still a little heavy and bitter but not as extreme as with the first mouthfeel. It is bearable now and after a while even enjoyable.
The dram arrives in the mouth gentle and smooth but with some astringent feelings from heavy tannins that I do not like. Another victim to the cask shortage crisis (some virgin oak in there)? Not too sure about that but it feels this way. The finish is of medium length and gets more chocolatey, really nice. Just a slight dryness from the wood (not unpleasant here).