A Little Bit of a Twist

 In Occasional Musings

The Balvenie French Oak 16 yo adds a little bit of a twist for the regular Balvenie drinker.  This expression is aged in two casks.  The juice is aged for 16 years in American oak, which might be viewed as the usual start for Balvenie.  There the vanilla, honey, and spice develop.  Then, the juice is aged in French Pineau wine  casks for at least another three years.  This aging imparts lighter, brighter, grapefruit and ginger flavors that make it a departure from the more common sherry and bourbon influence of other Balvenie.  The finish is spicy and drying and the ginger lasts quite a long time.

Give this one a try.  I think you’ll like the twist.

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