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The Balvenie 2004 13 year old, 58.2%

Price: $60,000/set Issue: Spring 2018 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

This expression was aged in a European oak oloroso sherry butt. A savory opening to the nose, followed by figs dipped in lemon juice. Sweet, spicy cream sherry on the palate, Christmas cake flavors, then black pepper and tannins develop. The finish is medium to long, with honey and malt. Accomplished, but expensive for its age.