Rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combines with fresh fruit notes
Rounded with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with fruity character that develops with time
Soft and lingering
Wine Buyer 88 points - A new addition to the permanent Balvenie range. Lovely bright gold color. Layers of sweetness (the characteristic Balvenie honey, along with vanilla fudge, nougat, and rich toffee) peppered with dried spice and a hint of tropical fruit (papaya, guava, tangerine). Nice viscosity with good grip on the finish. I really like the balance and complexity of this whisky. A very solid effort and the price is right.
(Winter 2010) Reviewed by: John Hansell
Malt Advocate 89 points - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011 Finalist. Concentrated aromas of sawdust/wood plank and brown sugar are prevalent; toasty, rum-like, molasses tastes match up well with sweet bouquet.
"Excitable malt; lively almost piercing sugars. Incredible spice delivery, seriously warming and increasingly sensual as the malt fights back. Lots of toffee-barley. Tasted blind I would never have recognised the distilllery." -Jim Murray, "Whisky Bible" 88 points