Balvenie Founders Reserve Cognac bottle
Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland
Tasted May 26, 2022
I had a small taste while pouring out samples for our tasting with @Richard-ModernDrinking @ctbeck11 and @pkingmartin This is incredibly rare, early 80s Balvenie 10 yr old. I don’t have the slightest clue on why they have this in a cognac bottle shape, but I’m guessing it was because back in the early 80s, cognac was all the rage. Did Balvenie think so little of the consumer that he/she would pick this up accidentally thinking it’s cognac? Anyway—-I don’t think this can be found anymore, except in auctions. My bottle was purchased over 15 years ago, but decided to dig it out for our tasting. Now, I don’t think any shops have this, but it’ll show up probably in secondary ( not sure of todays price, and I can’t remember what I paid 15 yrs ago ). I need to preface this that I’m not really a fan of Balvenie , as I am of say Lagavulin, Springbank or those whiskeys that are more in-your-face. This is delicate. It’s light, with aromas of apple juice, soft oak and ginger. Nose is amazing, and for me that took this from mediocre to pretty good score. Very elegant in the aroma. Taste is a step down—vanilla, white grapes. It’s good—-but for me, I’m just not a Balvenie fan ( only one of theirs I really liked was the Tun series ). So, my score may not really be reflective of how good, or not, this is. But I’m really appreciative of trying something so rare.