The Balvenie DCS Compendium 1st Chapter 1968 46 year old (Cask# 7293), 45.9%

Price: $27,620 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Dave Broom

The oldest of the set shows a shift into a sense of calm and quietude. The dried blossoms of youth are there, still with a little color to them, while a curl of smoke also comes through. Then, out of nowhere, a sudden eruption of tropical fruits, a flaring in the dying light. There's no oakiness, just a distillery, framed, gently receding. A remarkable dram. It's almost shameful to discuss cost! £19,000