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13 Jul 2010

Balvenie Cuban Selection

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Balvenie

The Balvenie Cuban Selection was a limited edition for the French market. It’s one of their rum finishes, in line with the former RumWood and GoldenCask releases.

Balvenie Cuban Selection Balvenie 14 yo ‘Cuban Selection’
(43%, OB 2009)

Nose: indeed, the rum notes are easily noticeable. Some sweet pear candy. Some nectarines and oranges. Trademark honey and hints of vanilla cake. Some peanut butter. Apples and cinnamon. Very round and feminine. Mouth: quite sweet again, with the honey coated fruits on the foreground and a few nutty notes in the back. Vanilla and cinnamon again. Butter toffee. Relatively soft and candied. Finish: medium length, warm and sweet.

An easy malt with a nice balance. Obviously finished, which adds a candied character and makes it perfect as an introduction to whisky, I would say. Around € 50.

Score: 83/100

Balvenie Cuban Selection 3 Ruben Luyten 2010-07-13
  • http://littletipple.com Ben Matthews

    Haven’t had the chance to try this, but the presumably similar golden cask (only differs by being Caribbean rum casks) is one of my staples in my cupboard. Have you had a chance to try both to compare? Is there much difference?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Golden Cask was 47,5% but apart from that, it should have the same profile. Haven’t tried it though.

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