Light and fruity with notes of vanilla and honey. Delicate layers of orange and subtle flora add complexity.
Sweet and spicy with a beautifu; syrupiness. Chocolate orange and vanilla oak combine with hints of aniseed and liquorice.
Long, dry and oaky.
Malt Advocate 86 points - Gold color (as its name suggests) with a hint of copper. This whisky, which was finished in Caribbean rum casks, follows on the heels of the limited edition The Balvenie 17 year old Rum Cask. The 17 year old was pleasant enough, but quite sweet (I rated it an 80). This new Golden Cask is an improvement, because the higher alcohol level, along with an array of dried spice, helps to balance the sweet rum notes. Lively, bright tangerine, nectarine, and pineapple combine with Balvenie’s signature honey, nougat, Heath bar, light molasses, and milk chocolate. Dried spice (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg) and gritty oak resin kick in on the finish, rounding everything out quite nicely. Now if we could only have the best of both worlds -- the balance of the Golden Cask 14 year old, and the maturity of the 17 year old. That could be a whisky worthy of a 90s rating. (Exclusive to Travel Retail.) Price per Litre.
(Winter 2009) Reviewed by: John Hansell (Aug 2009)
In the crafting of GoldenCask, Balvenie is carefully aged in traditional oak whisky casks and then transferred into barrels that had previously held golden Caribbean rum for a final period of maturation. Characterised by fruity sweetness and subtle spice, The Balvenie GoldenCask is only available in Duty Free and is non chill-filtered and bottled at a strength of 47.5% abv.