The Balvenie 17 Year Old Madeira Cask

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The Balvenie 17 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish

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Continuing in their tradition of experimenting with various finishing methods for their unique honeyed single malt, The Balvenie has released this limited edition 17 Year Old single malt finished in Madeira casks.  Aged exclusively in American oak whisky casks before being transferred to Madeira wine barrels, the whisky is rich and complex with flavors of dried fruit and spices.

Color: Deep gold.

Nose:  Rich, complex and spicy. Spice, oak with softer vanilla and honey. Fruity with Christmas spices - cinnamon and nutmeg. Dried fruits like raisins.

Body:  Full and rounded.

Palate:  Initial sweet vanilla balanced by fruit (dried raisins) and spices (repeat of the cinnamon and nutmeg). The flavors pretty much follow the nose. Much less wine notes than expected.

Finish:  Medium to long finish with some maltiness. Somewhat dry oakiness but not overly so.

ABV:  43%

Awards:   SFWSC  2010 Double Gold Medal

 

     

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SUGGESTED CHOCOLATE PAIRING

Chuao - Parchita

Flavors of dark chocolate and tart passion fruit of the Parchita bonbon bring forward the spice of the Balvenie. 

 

SUGGESTED CIGAR PAIRING

Padron 4000 Maduro 

The Padron counters the Balvenie honey sweetness with an earthiness, while similar spices and raisin flavors comingle in this complex and rich pairing.