This is a 26 year Balmenach that was matured in an ex-bourbon Hogshead and bottled at 51.6% ABV. Thanks to My Annoying Opinions for the sample.
Nose: Bright, briny malt with tart berries, clay, beeswax, greek yogurt, grassy with some mint and mushrooms. A bit all over the place but some interesting notes in there.
Palate: Quite woody with lots of green/grassy notes while also a bit flowery. Some briny malt with mint.
Finish: Dry and oak heavy with pepper and cloves.
Rating: 85/100 – My first Balmenach expression – don’t know how typical this is to their distillery profile, but I enjoyed it. Reminded me of a cross between a Clynelish and a Talisker.
Value for the money: This retails for $150 at Binny’s, and I think that’s a pretty reasonable price.