The Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 year old, 43%
Price: $120 ● Issue: Fall 2009 ● Reviewer: John Hansell
A harmonious marriage of fruit and spice. More balanced than last year's sweet Rum Cask release. In fact, this is one of the most deftly-balanced whiskies I've tasted this year. Bramble, ripe nectarine, caramel apple, honeyed vanilla, and golden raisin, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Soft (for Balvenie), lingering, warm, dried spice finish.