This is a core expression from Balvenie that’s finished in thirty year old port pipes and bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Loads of honey with spiced malt and strawberries. Port is present, but remains fairly minimal for me. Slightly damp, charred oak note towards the end.
Palate: Port way more evident here with a bit of a stale vanilla profile surrounding the malt.
Finish: Dry, sweet oak with subtle fruits and toffee
Rating: 85/100 – Good, but the low proof really holds this one back. It’s very approachable and for that reason is probably a lot of newer scotch drinker’s first big bottle purchase (also due to its prevalence at liquor stores).
Value for the money: These tend to vary a lot by region, but typically close to $200. It’s too big of an ask either way as I’d peg this one closer to $80-$100.