Notes: Master of Malt notes: 16 year old Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky from their Triple Cask range, which was launched for travel retail. The Triple Cask range is matured in first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks and first-fill Oloroso Sherry butts. The 16 year old shows off a lot more vanilla and fruit than the 12 year old Triple Cask – the extra years in the casks also bring out plenty more fragrant, oak-y spices.
I picked this up from Heathrow on my way home from Scotland.
Age: 16 years
Source: Heathrow duty free
Nose: Slight funkiness, honey heather. The oak really comes out after resting. Rich and sweet.
Taste: Watery, slightly spicy, honey sweetness. Very slight nuttiness. Almond and marzipan.
Finish: Short/Medium finish. Dry. Honey sweetness that gives way to spice and pepper. Warm in the throat.
Overall: Sweet smelling to begin with but fairly lack luster in the mouth, felt very watery. While nice, this does not seem special and definitely does not fit at its high price point. Fairly uninspiring overall.