Advent Calendar 16/24. Another repeat tasting, but not one that I’m sorry to undertake. This was my favourite in a blind vertical of Balvenies, but that was faint praise. Hopefully time and education will have opened my mind to this well respected, rum finished whisky.
Nose – Honeyed, darkly malted fruit. Rich, peppery, dark wood and roses – almost meaty. But very nice.
Body – Sweet, smooth, lacking a little structure. A plain malt but pleasant enough.
Finish – Short, malty, a bit watery, a backing of spicy malt. Lacks balance – not that its too sweet, but that it tips into bitter wood too far at the end with no transition.
What's not good about it: Lacking structure, too smooth and short, falters at the end.
What’s good about it: Very pleasant drinking throughout, good malty sweetness, nothing off-putting.