The Balvenie DCS Compendium 1st Chapter 2005 9 year old (Cask #6587), 57.5%

Price: $576 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Drawn from a refill barrel, this is Balvenie all eager and bright at the start of its journey. It's like an excited kid eating pancakes and runny honey (with a squeeze of lemon juice) at breakfast on her first day of school. There's a hint of malt, a little peachiness, and a hint of the richness that will develop resonance in time. It's lovely—I'd be happy to drink a couple—but way overpriced. The score has to reflect that. £400