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17 Sep 2012

Balmenach 1979 (Perfect Dram)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Balmenach

We know Balmenach 1979 through the recent bottling by Maltbarn. Here’s another one, a joint bottling by The Whisky Agency together with The Nectar.

 

Balmenach 1979 Perfect DramBalmenach 33 yo 1979 (52,8%, The Whisky Agency ‘Perfect Dram’ 2012, bourbon hogshead, 202 btl.)

Nose: bright fruits with an acid edge: lime, grapefruit, passion fruit, apple, kiwi, unripe gooseberries. Lemon sorbet. Then some dusty / leafy notes: heather, green tea, cardamom. Floral notes (both fresh and dried). A little vanilla after a while. Mouth: sweeter than expected. Banana and oranges with honey. Quickly growing spicier and oakier with a hot mouthfeel. Ginger, white pepper, liquorice. Goes back to fruity notes but it looses the sweetness (grapefruit and lemon balm). A little rounder with a few drops of water. Finish: medium length, with a slightly bitter orange taste, some wax and glue.

Another enjoyable Balmenach with some sweet, sour, spicy and bitter elements. A nice bourbonny oldie. Around € 180.

Score: 88/100

Balmenach 1979 (Perfect Dram) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-17

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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