The Balvenie 10yr (Founders Reserve)

05 Jul

Whisky Details

Country: Scotland
Region: Highland
Distillery: The Balvenie
Bottler: The Balvenie
Years Matured: 10
Style: Single Malt
Alcohol:  43.0%
Price: $

Tasting Notes

Appearance: light gold
Nose: honey, white ziffendal, fruit salad, vanilla
Body: light to medium
Palate: immedatly hot, mead, dry, chaff-like, iron tonic, spicy
Finish:  dry, husky, slight peat, spicy, sweet woody notes linger

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Final Thoughts

A solid young highland malt.  In an industry where the use of commercial maltings are common place there is something to be said about those who malt their own barely.  Balvenie has a strong tradition of such practices and their additional effort does not go unnoticed.

This malt, while younger, shows some real style.  The nose is extremely hot and I recommend a little water to kill the prickle.  Once mellowed, feinty, and fruit notes are prevalent.  Warming with the hand brings out a surprising amount of vanilla for such a young malt.  The palate is reminiscent of dry mead with a spash of iron tonic.  Wrapping things up is a great cereal finish with lingering spice and fleeting notes of peat.  Overall a profound expression from a young malt and historic distillery.

Grade: B+ (88)


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