Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Balvenie Caribbean Cask

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.

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask, 43% B⊕

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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.

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