Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 43%
Score: 94 points

This one started the series of 17-year-old limited edition releases, and malt master David Stewart picked a set of Islay casks to finish off the expression for an undisclosed length of time. The Islay influence s amazingly well-balanced with the Balvenie’s traditional smoothness. The nose has lovely hints of tar and creosote, along with the Balvenie’s usual burnt cream and vanilla notes. Those notes carry through into the taste, and lead to a smooth and lingering finish. A classic!