N: Orange, nectary, sherry is restrained on the nose, takes (me) a little bit to find it. P: Initially I get some interesting minty notes, like a Fisherman's friend cough drop, but then light chocolaty sherry takes over. F: Clean and dry.
Nose is fruity and bright. Very fruity, actually. With honey. The palate is a bit watery, but easy-drinking (duh), light spices, fruit... I'm not gonna run out and buy a bottle, but I'll happily drink yours.
I was expecting more from this, but it is not bad. The new oak seems bring out the bourbon qualities of Balvenie. Vanilla, oak, some spice, but it is restrained. Not hot at all. Quite smooth, but not amazing. I'd probably rather have a good bourbon for the flavor profile and the price.
Not much on the nose - fruit and malt. The oak and vanilla are very evident, somewhat of a rich whisky, but then it all disappears quickly on the finish. Not bad, butI agree with the suggestion to buy the Double Wood instead.