Balvenie 25 y/o Rare Marriages

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Balvenie is a distillery I have all the time in the world for! They may be one of the largest distilleries out there, but they sure have been disconnected from what the people want. I don’t care if it’s their entry level bottlings, i have room on my shelves for any of it! Caribbean Cask is an all time favourite.

As you slowly work your way up to the higher age releases you realise the phenomenal work and skill the team has! The 21 year old PortWood is a fantastic shift in complexity and complex flavours. You can tell how the aged spirits from Balvenie has a whole new set of flavours that just sets them apart from the younger bottlings.

This 25 y/o is one of three in the new Rare Marriages Range designed by David Stewart, Balvenie’s Malt Master. A selection of individual casks perfectly married together and matured in traditional American & European Oak.

On the surface, these whiskies are immediately The Balvenie with the distinct runny honey and underlying rich oakiness, they are exceptional drams. But to those who enquire further, who give the whisky time, let the flavours unfold; they will discover the flavours slowly dissipate to reveal layers of toasted marshmallows, fresh fruit and cinnamon, a continuous unveiling of discovery.

Not only do the folks at The Balvenie have the talents to create a whisky symphony over and over again, but you can tell creating something special means everything too them.

It takes skill to make something great. It requires heart to make something extraordinary.

NOSE

Smooth and honeyed on the nose with mellow oaky tones and hints of candied orange peel.

TASTE

The initial bold vanilla oak flavours slowly dissipate to reveal layers of toasted marshmallows, fresh fruit terrine and cinnamon infused apple tart.

FINISH

Exceptionally long lasting sweetness.

Grab yours here!

Until Next Time.

– Andrew

Talisker Expedition Oak

If you are in the market to drop a pretty penny on an EXTREMELY special whisky, then Talisker may have the one for you!

The Talisker Expedition Oak is a 43 year old series that is born of adventure and to celebrate the wild side of whisky making. Rare aged single malts that have been influenced by barrel staves that have travelled on a wilderness journey!

This journey was a trans-Atlantic experience by renowned adventurer James Aiken, where he solo sailed 3,264 miles carrying the wood staves with him. This journey is the same route that the ocean rowers took on the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. This is also a tribute to the history of the Talisker distillery where the MacAskill brothers rowed from the Isle of Eigg to Skye so they could create the distillery.

After the sailing adventure, the staves are brought back to Scotland to be added to 10 different casks containing whisky that been maturing for over 40 years. These staves will have added a true spirit of the sea, more so than any other Talisker, that imparts a uniqueness on the whisky.

APPEARANCE

Deep clear amber. Excellent beading.

BODY

Full.

NOSE

Mellow overall and slightly spicy, with a fruity top note of bruised apple and a smooth, aromatic hint of wax. Beneath these scents lie intriguing rich layers of aroma; notes of canvas and varnished wood mingle with maritime hints of seaair and warm sand, all swirling above a faintly smoky and waxy base.

PALATE

A smooth texture and a vibrant, juicy start introduce a sweet, rich, intensity with a fresh, balancing splash of ocean salt spray. The effect becomes lightly drying before Talisker’s peppery warmth envelops the palate. Mesmerising overall, it cascades with smooth, rich flavour and is excellent to drink neat.

FINISH

Wonderfully long, with a considerable sweet chilipepper warmth that suffuses the whole palate.

There are only 1830 bottles available to honour the year the distillery opened! In addition, every bottle comes with a small piece of the staves that took that journey!

Till next time.

-Andrew