The next Balvenie on the table is an interesting one as it’s finished in a rum cask:
- 14yo Caribbean Cask (43%)
Caribbean Cask has been matured in traditional oak whisky casks for 14 years, and then ‘finished’ in casks that previously held Caribbean rum.
To create the ideal finish Malt Master David Stewart, filled American oak casks with his own blend of select West Indian rums.
When he judged the casks to be ready, the rum was replaced with the 14 year old spirit and the wood was put to work adding the final touches.
Medium impact on the nose. Sugarcane, honey, brandy, citrus, tropical fruits, green apples. Little bit closed nose. I can get the rum influence next to some of the typical Balvenie characteristics.
Medium thick tears in the glass. Smooth, creamy/oily, sweet attack (brown sugar, burned oranges, some dried fruits). Followed by some subtle hints of spice (pepper, cinnamon). Taste has a lot more complexity than the nose brings.
Medium finish which is quite sweet. Honey, maybe some toffee. Finish is mouth-warming and a little bit alcoholic. Finishes just a little bit dry.
Casks clearly recognizable in the nose. There are some dynamics in the taste but nose is a bit closed. Slightly unbalanced in my view (too much sweetness and a bit too alcoholic). Still a good value for money (available for approx. 50 eur).
I like the complexity and nice twist the rum casks seem to give it.
It does deliver what the label on the bottle says which always a good thing. Good, but not great!
Score = 84/100