Balvenie's 1401 Batch 5 is a blend of five sherry casks and four bourbon, married together for three months in Tun 1401 and bottled at cask-strength.
Nose: Polished leather, wood varnish, menthol and tobacco leaves. Shows some lighter touches a little later on, with fresh apples, orange juice, as well as some floral touches, accompanied by honey. The balance is incredible.
Taste: Lovely citrus fruits. Oranges, lemons and pink grapefruit, but also varnish, leather and menthol, with a whiff of smoke. Some notes of cinnamon, as well as a gentle peppery edge. Theres honey here too, and the oak is undeniable.
Finish: Spicy and oaky notes at first, but then lingers on fruits for a long time.
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