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Balvenie Triple Cask 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
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- ABV 40%
Note: The gift box for this is noticeably bruised to the upper left side of the outer box, and both the upper and lower of the box inner.
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