Monday, 2 February 2009


...... now, Balvenie is one of the more interesting speysiders because it has a good provenance! ... namely, that it is a small 'crafting' distillery where much of the process is done on site from coopering to malting to manually operated stills, ........ an encouraging sign of quality!
This distillery is essentially the training ground for staff operating the far larger distillery next door, ... Glenfiddich.
Old style bottles are now collectors items and the newer cream labeled bottles are generally of a high quality although a few blemished offerings have appeared recently along with odd wood styles like 'toasted oak', ... yeh! whatever ! and 'new wood' .. 'sappy'.
The 15 y.o. cask strength Balvenie is regularly, dependably good. 90/100

Feb:'10 - Doublewood 12yo 83/100, Signature 85/100

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