From the Premium Snifter shines relatively bright amber while auspiciously thick and oily "legs" stick to the glass wall. Slightly musty, minimally fermented fruit flavors come into their own, caramelized sugar and unbelievable sweetness come to the fore. Slowly the initially musty and decayed notes disappear and dark dates, sour cherries and raisins come into their own. Salted peanuts, chocolate and a few drops of espresso show up from their dark and harsh side. Do I smell about a minimal amount of sulfur? Dark, ripe and sweet fruit flavors cover up the budding sulfur and an incredibly complex and multi-layered fruit note dominates the nose with sweet sugar and vanilla. The interplay of the old and dignified flavors slowly stimulates my salivation, caramel and Schokoladevereinen with abrasion and zest of old orange peel, again this musty, decayed and old fruit flavor on. I could sniff at this complex nose forever! Peach, right now is velvety vineyard peach flavor dominant in the air, just wonderful!
Powerful and spicy, the Balmenach wets the tongue, dark and dried fruit flavors instantly stimulate the saliva with spicy wood tones and voluminous sweetness. Subtle sharpness creeps over the tongue, slightly salty hazelnuts and herbs to light. The alcohol warms the palate, the dark sour cherries and date flatter the tongue. The second sip is wonderfully velvety and creamy, also dominate here sweet caramel and dark, dried berries. Milk chocolate melts in the mouth, a few splashes of sour cherry juice and spicy oak provide a harsh appeal.
Still cling cozy heat and dried berries on the palate, the pleasant sharpness on the tongue intensifies, salty comes with wood sharpness. Again, sour cherries show, as are a few drops of lemon juice to advantage. The high alcohol still heats the palate, creamy and buttery blurred dried berries, brine, sour cherries and milk chocolate.