Whisky Review – Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask

Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask
43% ABV
£43.05 at MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Peaches, cream, apricot, pineapple, apple, vanilla, honey, talcum powder floral. The nose is very complex, rich and downright gorgeous.

Palate.

A fruit salad. Oily fulfilling mouthfeel. All the fruits from the nose plus more tropical notes. Honey, vanilla, creamy. A little pepper. Easy and smooth at 43%. I don’t know if it is because the Whisky is quite warm with the weather as hot as it is and that makes any difference, but this is really good stuff.

Finish.

Medium – long. The fruit sticks around, a little pepper. The the fruit is still lingering. It’s sweet and long lasting, some floral talcum is there as well as a little wood residue.

Adding water.

A small drop added. The floral is increased with the fruit taking more of a backstep. The palate is reduced in the mouthfeel department but is otherwise minimally effected with the water addition. The finish is slightly sweeter, but not quite as long. All in all. Personally. I prefer without water.

Conclusion.

It’s the first Balvenie I’ve tried (with the exception of a swig of double wood at a Xmas party), and I have to say I really like it. It’s deliciously fruity, moreish and I’m hungry now to try more of the series.

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