There are three new Maltbarn releases: Clynelish 1997, Ledaig 2005 and this Burnside 1989. Three references that lots of independent bottlers are offering these days.
Most of these teaspooned Balvenies seem to come from a batch of #1244x and #1245x casks filled in June 1989.
Burnside 25 yo 1989 (50,9%, Maltbarn 2014, bourbon cask, 167 btl.)
Nose: aromatic whisky, very fresh and vivid. It has taken quite a lot from the wood, but nicely so. Lots of garden fruits and light honey. Greengages and pear. Gooseberries. Yellow flowers. Vanilla. Lovely waxy notes and varnish too.
Mouth: totally revolves around peaches, plums and honey again. Then some pepper and liquorice from the (active) oak, as well as a certain ‘greenness’. Vanilla and ginger. Pollen. Nice twist towards toffee and mocha in the end.
Finish: medium long, similar green, grassy notes. Some green tea and echoes of fruits, mainly apples now.
Really enjoyable, fresh whisky from active casks. Simply well-made Balvenie. Around € 125.