Malt Advocate 84 points - Big sherry influence immediately, with walnut skin, raisin bread, and mixed peels. Seems pretty dry, and the malty undertow here is whole grain bread. Balvenie’s signature sweetness comes across like soft brown Demerara sugar before it shifts into forest floor, mulch, nut, and dried berries. Just enough residual sweetness to keep the tannins at bay. Water makes it more woody, with burlap, cacao, a little earthiness, and a slightly bitter exit.
(Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Dave Broom (Aug 2015)
This exceptional whisky is matured exclusively in a European oak sherry butt for at least 15 years. And while each cask is subtly differentâ€”Balvenieâ€™s Malt Master hand selects each barrel for its flavor of dried fruits, nuts and spice. No more than 650 hand-numbered bottles are drawn from each sherry butt, making every bottling unique and unrepeatable.