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Monday, January 04, 2010

Day 4 Drink: The Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 Year Old

The Balvenie Distillery has been making single malt Scotch whisky in Speyside since 1893. Age expressions in whisky comes in all formats, 12, 18 and 21 being among the most popular when it comes to Scotch makers. The folks in Banffshire have decided that 17 years old is the magic number for The Balvenie.

David Stewart, the master distiller at The Balvenie has been making whisky for 47 years. His collection of 17-year-olds includes single malts aged on everything from new oak to rum casks. The latest, released in 2009 was first aged on ex-Bourbon barrels and then transferred to casks that had previously held Portuguese Madeira wine.

The Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 Year Old is an 86-proof spirit that has a new penny copper color and opens with a slightly fruity nose. The flavor profile is smooth and long. Hints of vanilla, apricot and a passing maple note play out as you sip this single malt. Perfect for a January day.

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