Balvenie 8 (Circa 1970's)
Added on Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 12:25 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 8 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Note: LAWS suspects that the samples tasted below may not be representative of the true, original flavor of this whisky.  We believe the excessive soapy flavors, combined with the age of the bottle, indicate that over time the whisky has undergone some chemical processes (transesterification, and specifically saponification) which introduced new, bad flavors into the whisky not intended by the distillers.  However, we have kept these notes publicly posted so that others may compare their experiences with our own, or learn from our notes and observations.
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Impressively floral, oh no wait, this may be soap I'm smelling, we'll know in a moment.   Underneath some nice caramel and malt peeps through.
P: Ugh.  Super soapy.   It's that nice floral soap, but after a few sips just coats your mouth.
F:  Oily.
This is not totally gross, but I'm not gonna finish the rest.   Barely makes C-. 
Nose is light: honey, vanilla, bakery notes, caramel, and floral aspects... and some soap.  Palate: very soapy.  The rest besides the soap is good -- spice, malt, caramel, vanilla -- but the soap is ridiculously prominent.  Finish improves nothing.  If the sample I tried was stored properly (who ever really knows), then this is not good and I would never recommend you try it.  An interesting taste of history, but you're missing nothing. 
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