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Balvenie Triple Cask 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
Part of Balvenie's first permanent travel retail range of whiskies: The Triple Casks. The line-up includes 12, 16 and 25-year-old expressions, created by malt master David Stewart, who this year celebrated 50 years working for brand owner William Grant & Sons.
“Really we’re going back to our roots and getting a traditional vatting,” said Stewart.
Each of the bottlings is a marriage of whiskies matured in a combination of first fill Bourbon, refill Bourbon and Sherry casks, emphasising the honeyed, fruit-forward style of the Speyside malt, with a touch of spice from the Sherry oak.
Other reviews... I know the ‘triple cask’ name can be worrying, but that’s not three successive finishings, it’s more some marrying of three kinds of maturations, namely refill, fresh bourbon, and oloroso. I find the 40% a little low and disappointing, especially given the very hefty price (around €600!) Colour: light amber. Nose: subtle, that’s for sure. The distillery’s trademark mirabelles and quinces strike first, before a rather lovely combination of raisins and heather honey are joining in the dancing. That should be the sherry speaking out. Gets then more herbal and floral, with some honeysuckle tea, blond tobacco, and lime blossom, then a little spearmint. It’s all very subtle indeed, rather in the style of some old cognac. Mouth: this is funny, had I tried this blind, I’d have said it could be one of those old bottles by G&M, such as pre-war distilled Glen Grant or Linkwood. Soft sherry and orange cake, honey sauce, milk chocolate, touches of leather, toasted cake, and then some marmalade. The problem is that while the arrival was most attractive, it’s soon to become a little weak and flat, what I sometimes call tea-ish. I’m sure that’s the low strength, and it is frustrating. Finish: disappointingly short, which, in the end, makes it a little too tannic. Comments: I’m totally sure this is great whisky, but do not understand why they bottled it at 40% vol. Only to get more bottles out of the casks? I feel it could have made it to 90 points at around 45% vol.
85 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com