Saturday, 26 May 2012

Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 2, 50.6%

Nose: Sherry, dried fruits. Is this going to be just another sherry monster?
Mouth: No! Orange and honey, and plenty of them. And lots more besides. Christmassy flavours. Fills the mouth.
Finish: Reverberates around the mouth and sinuses- long, warming, honeyed finish without being at all sickly or cloying. Incredibly more-ish.

The combination of accessible easy-drinking sweetness and well-integrated complexity demands constant sipping. It's the mouth and finish that makes this special. Some malts you can contentedly nose all evening, but not this one... you need to drink it, and keep drinking it.

Which is a shame, because this is another extremely good malt that's sadly way outside my price range.

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