Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 43.8%
Score: 95 points

The Balvenie DCS Compendium 1981. Image courtesy William Grant & Sons.This single malt is part of Chapter 3 of The Balvenie’s DCS Compendium, the five-year series of annual releases honoring longtime Malt Master David Stewart, and was matured for 35 years in a refill American Oak hogshead cask (#7824).

The nose has notes of vanilla, fudge, honey, and caramel, with concentrated spicy notes of clove, white pepper, and black pepper. The focused spices come alive on the palate with clove, cinnamon, and white pepper, along with orange peel, dried flowers, and a touch of herbs that creates a great balance. The finish is very long and consistent with the palate, fading away ever so gently. Wow! (November, 2017)