Review: The Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 yr. oldJuly 24th, 2009
The Balvenie, Madeira Cask, 17 year old, 43%, $120
A harmonious marriage of fruit and spice. More balanced than last year’s sweet Rum Cask release. In fact, this is one of the most deftly balanced whiskies I’ve tasted this year. Bramble, ripe nectarine, caramel apple, honeyed vanilla, and golden raisin, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Soft (for Balvenie), lingering, warm, dried spice finish. (Available in the U.S. beginning September.)
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90
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