From Whisky Tastings, What are you drinking now?,
6 Nov (weren't you paying attention?):
MrTattieHeid wrote:I am having a second go at the Balvenie 14 Roasted Malt, this time in my favored snifter (last night was in a Glencairn; the snifter suits my weak nose better). Typical orangey Balvenie notes, with some bitter burnt tones--quite nice, actually. Marmalade on buttered, and slightly burnt, toast. Strong finish--again, bitter and burnt--just back of the middle of the tongue. I really like it, and would like to do hth with the 15. And it happens I have a 10/12/15 mini set sitting on my desk, leftover from the last ice age! Will do that later this week.
The Balvenie is wonderfully complemented by a pint of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, a seasonal that comes out right around this time every year. It is my consolation every year for having to come home from Scotland. Tawny color, to the heavy side of a middleweight IPA with strength to match--around 6%, I think--and wonderfully bitter. What a great match.
I think the burnt/bitter notes will turn some off, although they are not so strong as I may have made it sound. I really like it, anyway, and am dismayed to see how fast the bottle is draining. It strikes me as more "Balvenie" than the PortWood, by far--a variation on the theme rather than the disco remix. Not as far out on the limb as the RumWood, either, I think. No, Crieftan, I did not taste it first--unlike many here, I am, I guess, perfectly happy to jump into the deep end without looking sometimes. I get the odd nasty surprise (where'd that octopus come from?), but to me it's all part of the fun. I know people who are on a tight budget and only have one or two bottles going at a time want to be more careful, but I have enough good bottles to choose from here that I can absorb the occasional disappointment. All part of my ongoing education.