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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer THE BALVENIE
Medium amber colour. Complex, very spicy, intense, medium-full bodied, smoky, very faintly sweetish, caramel-plum nose. Intense, medium-full bodied, very well structured, harmonious, expansive, spicy, bright, ripe, plum-caramel flavours with a lingering, very faintly smoky, tangy, cedar-tinged, gently honeyed finish. This REPEAT has 47.8% alcohol with bottle # 315 from cask # 4179 on the front label. Last appeared in Vintages (***/***+) on November 26, 2016 at $279.95 and was Recommended. CSPC 366963
Type Spirit - Scotch Whisky
Agent PMA Can
Country Scotland
Rating ***/***+(94 points)
Intense, Harmonious
LCBO Note Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: Nose: Huge, faultless sherry: clean, confident and muscling in with wonderful spices and burnt raisin, Enormous... but how is the body going to cope with this little lot...? Taste: a complete sherry fest from first to last. Melton Hunt cake at its moistest, with as many burnt raisins as they could throw into the mix and a few extra dollops of molasses for good measure; Finish: some bitterness was bound to catch up at some stage...it cannot with this kind of cask as toastiness abounds. But long and satisfying all the way...; Balance: a faultless cask - not a shadow of sulphur anywhere. But a case of where the grape has overwhelmed the barley, meaning balance has been compromised: and on the palate it feels as though you have been mugged by an oloroso butt. That said, this is still a stunning experience - a silky delight to be savoured. Score - 95 (Jim Murray, Whisky Bible, 2016) Price $ 281.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - March 17, 2018
Cases bought 101 (3 bottles per case)

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