This is a 17 year old Balvenie expression that was aged in a cask that previously held a peated whisky and bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Minimal peat and smoke with sawdust and ether surrounded by mineral laced malt.
Palate: Peat with spearmint, parsley, tobacco, light malt and heather – light and airy overall.
Finish: Sour malt with bitter greens, oak, and tobacco smoke.
Rating: 78/100 – Peat is very minimal here – seems more of a marketing gimmick than something that actually differentiates it from the 17 Doublewood.
Value for the money: I see these around $90-$120 which is an easy pass – I wouldn’t pay more than $30-$40 for this.