L 33U40510502 0912 – 47.8%
My Tasting Notes:
Colour: Full gold
Nose: Quite fresh, citrus, apples, vanilla, a hint of cloves.
Palate: Grapefruit, apples, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, a little bit bitter.
Finish: Long, spicy and slightly fruity.
Overall: A quite enjoyable malt, but that slight bitter note keeps it from being really good. Might be just that particular cask, though.
Rating: 84/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$
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Comment: This is a strange kind of bottling. The cask number is not noted on the label, so although technically it is a single cask bottling you will not know which cask it is from. Perhaps the L number on the bottle might give a clue but only Balvienie will know that. In case you have wondered, this is the reason why I quoted it above. If you buy two bottles of this whisky, they will look the same but may taste different. This means you have to handle my rating and tasting notes with care!
Dear Balvenie, please state the cask number on the label! I am conviced that people will happily pay 50 cents more for a bottle, if they are provided with this additional information.
Addendum: I just received notice that Balvenie actually do publish the cask number. But this was a miniature bottle that didn’t have one.
Addendum 2: I was told by a Balvenie representative that they use a special cask solely the miniature bottles.