Whisky Review: The Balvenie Caribbean Cask Aged 14 Years

Style: Toffee fruits and Spicy

Nose:

Round and composed aroma we have here – cereal, creamy oatmeal stirring with fresh green and apples. Toffee base, a mix of peppermint, peppercorns and copper notes floating atop. Apricots jam to finish.

Palate:

Toffee apples hitting the ground and tangerines hopping into the fruit wagon. More fruits dipping into vanilla cream with plenty of nutmeg dusting down. Mmmm, here comes the rum influence – Cereal malt and waxy honeycomb taking a subtle hint of apricots, peppermint and spirit spice rising from the deep and strikes as flavours retreating at the back palate. Caramalized oak finish.

Finish:

Syrupy tangerine and apricots with a light drizzle of vanilla sauce. A good dose of waxiness, feels like there are some well-matured casks pulling the weight here. Finish with prominent honeycomb and spiced oak.

Thoughts:

Widely available on the market, but it feels the layering/vatting of this batch is a bit unusual. Probably just me imagining things again – we have some spritely, rum seasoned malt placing on top of a composed American oak driven core. Maybe some well-matured casks are utilized here. Not my favourite profile but the malt is nicely assembled. Very close to a tick.

[43% • Original Bottling • Circa 2013 • General Release x+]

-Esmond