One week each yeah the distillery shuts down to use the malt floors to produce a peated Balvenie. This has happened for each of the last 14 years, resulting in this 14 year old bottled 2002 vintage peated whisky matured exclusively in American oak.
n: sweet vanilla candy and lavender; like a sugar glazed donut and fresh cut flowers. Burnt butter, hint of snuffed candle smoke, and old paper.
t: creamy and rich, the smoke is more apparent in the taste. Oak char, milk chocolate, and orange wax. More intense than I expected with the peat aspect adding a light layer of complexity. An example of the Highland peat where the gentler notes stand-out. If you're a peathead, this won't interest you. Balvenie fans (like me) will enjoy this experiment. [B-/B]