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The Balvenie DCS Compendium 1st Chapter 1978 37 year old (Cask #2708), 50.2%

Price: $6,542 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Dave Broom

After the 68's quiet nature, we reach Balvenie in fully mature, robust character—well, as robust as Balvenie ever gets. That means more cask-derived notes of vanilla ice, butterscotch, crème brûlée, and a jag of citrus bringing you to your senses. There's squidgy caramel toffee and the honey is now fixed in the comb adding that distinct waxiness of old, gently matured whisky. The biggest and sweetest of the series. Excellent.