Back in 2002 Balvenie peated some of their whisky. Which isn’t very like Balvenie, because they very well known for their elegant honeyed whiskies.
Although, I’ve heard that on the tour you can shovel peat on a fire at their on site floor maltings… But I wouldn’t know myself as I’ve never been able to get on said tour… Not that I’m bitter or anything.
Anyway, to go against the crush of new releases, Balvenie went and released this peated stuff with an age statement and at a sensible strength. Good going.
Balvenie 14 Peat Week 48.3%
Nose: Lovely nose. Lots of honey, rubbery artificial fruit, slight malt note but very VERY subtle smoke, floral. Loads of pear drops too.
Taste: Pear, green apple, slightly rubbery, slightly harsh spice, ginger. No peat really.
Finish: Medium length. The peat appears. But quite harsh spice. Ginger.
A nice nose, but almost no peat (which I think will disappoint most people buying it) and a bit harsh on the taste. Maybe should be called Peat Weak? Eh? Ehhh?
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