Gotta love how whisky becomes a world traveller. This particular Balvenie started its life in Scotland with the usual approach but then was finished in ex-rum barrels from the Caribbean. Then made its way to Taiwan where it was purchased for the Whisky Ladies of Mumbai, India.
What did we think? Read on!
Balvenie 14 year Caribbean Cask 43% (from Taiwan)
- Nose – Lemon curd, caramel very spring-like, no question there was a rum influence, loads of rum raisins, dry fruits, nuts, chocolate, cloves, quite pronounced honeyed rum, after sipping and some time, it settled into something almost floral
- Palate – Not as pushy on the palate as it is on the nose, toffee, mellow, then became a bit sour, then a lot more spice
- Finish – Very sweet, ripe plums
- Water – Don’t…. reduces it to flavoured water
Overall it was pronounced enjoyable. And while clearly part of the ‘standard stable’, the rum finish is a nice touch.
Here is what the folks at The Balvenie have to say:
- NOSE Rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combines with fresh fruit notes
- TASTE Rounded with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with a fruity character that develops with time
- FINISH Soft and lingering
Our core focus was a trio with a wee ‘appetizer’ blend:
- Ballentine’s 17 year Glentauchers 40%
- Glentauchers 20 year (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
- The Balvenie 14 year Caribbean Cask 43% – From an earlier bottle acquired in Dubai
- Talisker 18 year 45.8%
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