The Balvenie DCS Compendium 1st Chapter 1985 30 year old (Cask #612), 54.1%

Price: $1,872 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Here, the distillery character is more restrained, as if it is taking a period of calm reflection before the next evolution. There's slightly more maltiness here and the texture has changed into a light acacia honey stickiness and a development of more oxidized notes, showing a gentle maturation. It's one I kept going back to; teasing, slightly elusive, but rewarding. £1,300