Dram Review: The Balvenie Single Barrel Aged 25 Years Cask Number 7004

[47.8%・25 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・Bottled Circa 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. 7004・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

The nose exerts rich honey, and gooey caramel, luxurious but very refined.  Very much Balvenie-esque with a hearty dose of malt.  The wood is well and truly mellow, with hints of pure poached pears and some marzipan as more sweet custard note oozes out.

Palate & Finish:

Vanilla and honey through and through, citrus smoothly gliding alongside a wholesome shortbread note.  Nothing too difficult with some charming maltiness to meet the spices that are a tad on the sharp side.

Cereal dressed with honey and nutmeg powder in the finish.

Thoughts:

Thoroughly Balvenie, very much a wholesome dram.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas