Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 40%
Score: 94 points

This 16-year-old Balvenie uses three different casks: Oloroso Sherry casks, first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels, and what The Balvenie calls “traditional whisky casks”. The nose is subtle with notes of vanilla, honey, and banana. The taste is chewy with a good mouthfeel and notes of vanilla, honeycomb, oak tannins, red grapes, and a kiss of smoke. The finish is long, smooth, and creamy with touches of banana and vanilla. Excellent.  (April, 2013)