The Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Single Malt Whisky 40.0% 700ml
A 21 year old Balvenie, finished in Madeira casks and very handsomely presented by the Speyside-based distillery. This was originally released for the Travel Retail market.
Nose: Apple, kiwi and orange are soon joined by creamier vanilla notes, rounded wood spices and a touch of pepper. Inviting.
Palate: Superb balance of fruit, oak and barley. Fruit Salads develop, frangipane too, hints of cape gooseberry and finally soft caramel.
Finish: Grapefruit and caramel tart. Nuttier with a wisp of smoke on further sips, but never fully losing that touch of juicy fruit.