You know, sometimes I do really formal notes, and sometimes there's these... I was at a really nice private party tonight where, for whatever reason, this was the single malt behind the bar. I kept going back for more. Big caramel-toffee sweetness at the center, rounded out with a bouquet of dried fruits and hard fruit candies, all very drinkable. I think we're finally past the time where we complain about "cheating" with fancy finishes (and gimmicky names for them), and just accept the flavor for whatever it is. I like this one, it hits my sweet tooth about right. Definitely would want to own.
n: floral honey sweetness with plenty of malt and sourdough bread crust. Brown sugar, lemon wax, fresh linens, and an overall buttery, pleasing nose.
t: very pronounced on golden honey and sweet yellow raisins with a lot of butterscotch in the middle. It is on the sweeter side; the rum cask finish really shows in this expression. Thin body of simple syrup sweetness, light caramel. The rum sweetness brings out some tannic oak. Pineapple upside down cake and white sugar frosting in the floral finish. I usually don't like rum cask finishes but this compliments the Balvenie style. Made for people wanting dessert whisky.