[September, 2022] I had a dram during a tasting session at the distillery. This is truly a fine combo of the excellent Balvenie malt profile with moderate peat notes and I really enjoyed it, not kidding. Full stop.
But why the hell the world needs another peated Speyside dram when there are so many excellent peated Island (and other) whiskies out there? And why the hell one of the best Speyside malts goes for peat when it is very hard to get a hand on it's non-peated classic editions anyway (like the 21-years old port wood which is one of my favourites). Sorry, I do not get this.
This dram is very tasty and easy quaffable without doubt but nonetheless I prefer any Island dram over this when it comes to peated malt. There is a nice German saying which perfectly describes this situation: "Schuster, bleib bei Deinen Leisten!" Hard to translate, but literally it means "stick to your skills and what you are known for - and do try new things just because they are in fashion right now".