Re: My Balvenie 17yo Madeira Cask notes
Nose: Honey, apricot, and a madeira aroma
Palate: Honey and oak (a solid Balvenie start), coupled with dark wine flavors from the Madeira - specifically dark berries, such as cherry and raspberry, as well as apricot and peaches. Very fruity, but more of a dry sweetness - probably influenced by the oak.
Finish: Oak (again, true to Balvenie form) is the dominate finishing note. But I agree with jimidrammer - it is a different oak finish. The wine lingers into the oak flavor.
I do really like this, but I think I like the Rum Cask more. Different types of sweetness between the two, and both are good. For the casual Balvenie fan, I think this deserves at least one bottle, with two bottles for the Rum Cask.
Somewhat on topic, I need a Balvenie 17 Madeira tube. I think I may be able to source one locally, but if anyone has a tube they don't want and can ship it my way (for a US distributed bottle, btw... 43% ABV), please PM me. Much appreciated.