bcrossan wrote:I got to try it at Whisky Fest in SF and I was disappointed. I am a Balvenie fan and I love the FR, 15 SB, and 17 Yr New Oak and I was eagerly anticipating this one only to be let down. I am glad I got to try it as a sample there because I would have bet upset if I had paid the $125 for a bottle as my local stores are charging. I just found that the Rum didn't really add much to it. For the money I would buy 2 15 SBs before I would buy this one
i agree w/this. i tried the 17 yr rum cask at the NY whiskyfest in 08. not only did the rum finish not add anything, i felt that it overpowered any other flavors in the bottle. i also had a bottle of the springbank 16 yr rumwood about a year ago, and although i can't recall excactly what it tasted like, i do remember it being much better than the balvenie 17 yr rum cask (and i really like balvenie as a distillery). the springbank rumwood was more balanced, not as sweet.