Now situated inside Balvenie's tasting room we try the core range, a range which shows off the wood finishes that Balvenie's master distiller Dave Stewart has been utilising for decades. These were initially tasted blind, revealed one at a time. First up, a classic.
N: This has to be the Doublewood, one of the most consistent malts around. It smells as always, like a soft fluffed-up malty pillow with a soft sour-sweet yeasty citrus profile.
T: Sweet and floury-fluffy popcorn-like honey malt with a super-soft [Egyptian] cotton mouthfeel.
F: Soft comforting dry and not a hint of astringency.
C: This is right up there with the best batches I've had in the last 15 years. This is my benchmark for Balvenie's contemporary distillery profile.