creamy sweet - vanilla kipferl, cinnamon, freshly sawn wood - still green wood juicy and herbaceous, mint, lemon balm, herbal tea, pleasantly floral - in addition a fruity side with green banana, sweet lemon, honeydew melon, cooked pear, and custard -very sweet in the nose
Cut flowers, geranium foliage - waxy, creamy floral - tea and citrus flavors - especially from the bowl with lots of citrus oil, some toasted cereals, green wood sawdust, lumps with icing, mint, some chocolate please
Balvenie Castle is an old castle ruin from the 12th Century, located on the edge of the town of Dufftown. The old monument was also named for the distillery of the same name, founded in 1892 by William Grant. Do we have a Balvenie in front of us? Yes and no. Even if Thomas Ewers, as a bottler, thinks something of the images in his images row, as I'm sure, that's the Grant Distillery thing. Although barrels are sold to independents, the name of the distillery may rarely be used on the label. This dilemma is solved by the so-called "teaspooning".
In the nose then first grassy notes. With vanilla, honey, lemongrass and beer-malty influences. Scents auspiciously.
Creamy consistency. Strong, the 24 years of maturation have not brought him to his knees. The taste reflects the nose only partially. The grassy elements are soft and fruity. In addition to the still present honey are apricots and in beginnings also yellow pears. Very round and elegant, as one might expect from a Balvenie - if it is one.
Sweet and spicy. Medium-length finish that picks up both grassy and fruity elements. Towards the end it becomes slightly dry and the circle closes with a reminiscence of the grassy notes from the nose, probably oak. No annoying miss notes or other annoyances. Really nice, round Dram, even if he does not quite reach the big Balvenies like the last 30yo releases or some batches of the Tun 1401.