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Creamy vanilla, low pep, sweetness pleasant, hint of chemical nail polish 2.5
sweetness, berries, grapes, apples, vanilla, coconut, a little harsh nail polish oaky woodiness tanin, smoke but the bitterness overwhelms 2.25
slight smokey that is not too overwhelming 2.25
People have different tastes. I for one, am not a fan of peanuts, almonds, nuts and Balvenie. I often find it way too watery, unbalanced, flavorless and dull. I had one good one, the exception, it was a 14 year old peat week.
After that exception to the rule, i decided to give it anothe chance. A good friend traded me a sample of this 14yo triple cask matured peated Balvenie. Since i had a peated one and it was nice, i had faith on this dram.
Bottled at 48.3%abv, burnished gold.
On the nose, it started promising. The first note was a little crazy, water with salt. But after that first salty glimpse, the fruitiness exploded. Apple, grapefruit, Gooseberries. Incredibly fruity; Tangerine. There is a little peat present with some lavender. Melon. Aftee a first sip, it gave me a nice pineapple mixed with orange. Then it turned into a fruit water (not juice) with salt. Aroma was appealing... little did i know how salty this was going to be.
On the palate it was bad. Starts well, very Woody (expected due to the triple cask), Peppery and then... SUPER OVERLY SALTY. A second sip, it had a very citric orange then a savage salt kicks in. It Is off putting. You won't ever taste something more salty compared to this.
Aftertaste gets a little better, but it is short and also too salty. Hints of peat smoke. Decent finish. Overly salty, not horrible though.
Overall, it gets better with more sips (maybe my tongue died out of saltiness) Still a bad whisky. My scoring system sometimes help this kind of unbalanced drams where one criteria manages to score more than 20 points. For me, this dram has a creepy 63 over 100, and it feels like less. Not good.