Milk and Toast and Honey

Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14y

Reviewed by victor


A staple in my cabinet, albeit slightly forgotten in favor of whatever exciting sample or bottle that happens to catch my eye - and so the cabinet grows fuller. A review is overdue!

1.0 (Deep copper) - with artificial coloring

Nose

Subtle, quiet. Almost airy, which would be the opposite of full-bodied, I guess.

Palate

Quite thin - not much to chew on. But there is a plethora of tasty sweets here! Candied apples, toffee, tea with milk and honey.

Finish

Absolutely delicious caramel and a big load of vanilla. Lots of honey and milk chocolate. Medium length with a slightly peppery tail. Tiny bit of fruitiness as well.

Overall not very challenging or complex, but the sweet profile is nice anyway. I think this is clearly more interesting than the 12-year old DoubleWood. Easy sipper, good value, a small but important step up from the typical entry level Scotch. Oh, and if you're looking for actual rum flavors, I think you need to looks elsewhere.

Score

80 / 100
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