This is the 2014 release of Balvenie's 30 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a mixture of traditional oak and Sherry casks selected by David Stewart, Balvenie's Malt Master. Previous editions of the 30 year old have won plenty of awards, including the 2013 release, which won a Gold Outstanding at the IWCS and was crown Best Speyside Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2013.
Nose: Round and complex with a gentle development of floral honey. Nutty and oily with allspice aplenty.
Palate: Warming and rich. A sweet honey develops, vanilla, a hint of cigar leaf with nutty Sherry and a faint hint of smoke or malty peat.
Finish: The finish is long and honeyed, subtly fading away with floral and fruity hints.
Overall: A rich, complex and quite beautiful Balvenie.