This is a TWE Selection 26 year Balmenach matured in an ex-bourbon Hogshead and bottled at 51.1% ABV.
Nose: Honey and lavender with heavy beeswax – some fenugreek developing with tart apples, cherries, and vanilla.
Palate: Loads of honey and wax with the oak coming off harsh – cherry and strawberry notes with vanilla and butterscotch.
Finish: Buttery oak with dried herbs – some harshness from the oak.
Rating: 84/100 – Some promising notes but a bit rough around the edges at times.
Value for the money: I believe I got this delivered around $200 from TWE and I wouldn’t buy it again at that price.