The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the trademark honey-waxy Balvenie profile with lots of ripe fruits, spices and some oily aromas. Perfectly balanced and truly old-stylish. After some breathing a chalky-mineral and a sour-winey note joins in to create a nicely complex profile.
The taste is fruity-honey sweet with significant bitter notes (aspirin, green tea) but not layered, hence a little simple. What a difference to the complex nose! It is easy drinkable, for sure but nothing more. Water is not needed because it just flattens the dram without adding new impressions (except some more spices).
The initial mouthfeel is warming. The finish is long and turns bitter-astringent again but it adds a fine chocolatey flavour towards the end which soothes the bitter impression somewhat. But a minor cardboardy mouthfeel stays throughout the whole finish.