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The Balvenie DCS Compendium 1st Chapter 1997 17 year old (Cask #5365), 60.7%

Price: $1,008 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Dave Broom

The mix of honey, citrus, fruit, and malt which sits at Balvenie's core is beginning to deepen. The citrus fruits, for example, are becoming concentrated, the honey is set clover, the fruits moving into cooked apricot and banana. Rounded and thick in the mouth, where the honeyed aspects and fleshiness of the fruits take control, before a bloom of bridal bouquet. Tremendously complex, here's Balvenie's flowering into mid-period maturity. The price is…scary! £700