We’re big fans of The Balvenie family here, and it’s hard to find somebody that wont appreciate the hard work of master blender David Stewart, so we were pretty excited to hear their 2 new offerings are coming to select states in the US in late October. The Balvenie TUN 1509 Batch 1 and the Single Barrel, Traditional Oak, aged 25 years.
Awhile ago I wanted to be part of the Aberlour A’bunadh community review, and by chance a coworker was going to England. I wrote down the name (for some reason he couldn’t remember it), gave him the money (as it’s $30 cheaper there), and patiently awaited his return (okay, I wasn’t that patient).
As you can surmise, some guy at duty free read his note and handed him a different bottle. I wasn’t too sad, as the bottle of Aberlour 12 Sherry Cask was 1 L and cost less than a 750 ml in Ontario!
I was iffy about scotch for the longest time. Most restaurants don’t really carry that many smokey, peaty scotches. I was out at an Irish bar, a long time ago, and I ordered a random Scotch, which they were out of. The nice waitress offered me the new one they had in stock at a discount, and thus I tried Jura Superstition. And I loved the idea of peat and smoke.
After that epiphany, I started trying more and more, did some other stuff, and now we’re here. Hope you didn’t get lost. I may not always have a bottle of it on hand, however I still have a soft spot for the distillery that got me started on enjoying this great drink we all love.
Springbank 12 Claret Wood, 54.4% ABV
Aged 9 years in refill bourbon casks, then another 3 years in claret casks
Sweet and juicy. Ripe berries and vanilla cream. Burnt brown sugar and chocolate milkshake. Candle wax/smoke. Peppery, flinty and metallic.
Rich, smooth and oily. Cranberry juice, dark chocolate, liquorice and sultanas. Coffee bitterness and oaky spiciness. The faintest hint of earthy peat and brine.