Friday, November 13, 2009
Balvenie 17 Madeira
Every year, Malt Master David Stewart, searches out a different cask type to mature a new expression of The Balvenie for limited release. Sixth in a line of extraordinary Release’s, the Balvenie Madeira 17 has set a new unbelievable benchmark for this style of Scotch. It is harmonious, balanced, luxurious and exceptionally rewarding. The sublime matrimony of dried fruit and baking spice begins deftly articulated on the nose, where aromas play, supported by rich grain nuance, honey and oily roasted nuts. On the palate the show really lights up, dried blackberry (and the flowers from the bush), caramel, Mirabelle plum, apple, dried berries, honey, sultana and vanilla spiced with nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon backed up with toasted buckwheat and nuts. The finish is supple, protracted, vibrant and clean showing more oily nuts and clean baking spice. This exemplary whisky is a brilliant display of balanced flavors—each one shining in its moment gloriously and miraculously revealing wave after wave of saporous delights. Grab this whisky quickly, and try it neat— you’ll be glad you did.