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balvenie-25-years-traditional-oak-single-barrel

Balvenie has a range of Single Barrel expressions: 12 years (first-fill bourbon), 15 years (sherry cask) and 25 years of age (traditional).

Traditional Oak means refill ex-bourbon casks in the case of this Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel. Each bottling is limited to 300 bottles at most.


The Balvenie 25 Years Single Barrel

Nose: quite fresh and vibrant, with hardly any make-up for the spirit. Banana candy, crushed mint leaves and floral honey. Some carpenter aromas. Grapefruit peel and a hint of ginger. Fragrant vanilla and new leather as well. Mouth: same feeling of balanced oak and plenty of lightweight flavours. Pears, apples, yellow plums. Hints of custard. Then more oaky hints, with white pepper, green tea and lemon zest. Finish: quite short, still zesty, malty, minty and cake-y.

Classic Balvenie, fresh and faultless, but you never get a feeling of grandeur or high age, which is a shame given the price. Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt for instance.

Score: 86/100

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