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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Balmenach 1970, G&M – CC, 40%

Review #596
This is a 1970 vintage miniature from Gordon & MacPhail’s “Connoisseurs Choice” series, probably bottled in the mid-eighties. Very sweet on the nose. Malted barley and some hay. After a minute in the glass, some white fruits and vanilla is coming through. Quite a lot of vanilla actually.

Oak spices and just a dash of dried fruits in the taste. A little alcohol – in the good way, and great for a whisky at 40 ABV. The finish is long and very sweet. Caramel, vanilla and oak.

This is not spectacular, but just good quality from start to finish. The oak does a tremendous job, and the massive sweetness is mixing in just beautifully. Don´t be afraid of picking up some of these old samples on auction! I will give this 86/100 (21/22/22/21).

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