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Burnside 26 yo (1989/2015, Cadenhead’s, 48,8%)

Since November we have been keeping in our samples closet this Burnside. Perhaps the name might not mean much to you, but it’s a single cask from Balvenie (which doesn’t allow third parties to bottle with the name in evidence) teaspooned with Glenfiddich. It is a 26 year old, aged in an ex Bourbon barrel and bottled by Cadenhead’s, a brand we have come to know well by now. The colour is light golden.

Burnside-26-y.o.-1989-2015-Cadenheads

N: really expressive with real blades of aromas that cut through the nose. A clear and sharp image arrives immediately: an apple pie, one of those thick, fragrant, filled with yellow apples and custard. A great malt, which reminds us so much of the 15 years old ‘single barrel’; buttery pears, pastry; honey croissant, cereal biscuits; a veil of pineapple (pineapple pastry). Honey then, with floral notes (heather); a slightly mentholated and herbaceous freshness. In short, a whisky capable of really smelling of whisky, in its best archetype.

P: very rich in flavor, and full. Perfectly consistent with the nose, it repeats those excellent notes of ripe yellow and buttery fruit, cake dough, custard. So many apples and pears, honey, malt, brioche… Along with this side, a more fully herbaceous and ‘woody’ dimension is also affirmed: tea leaves, mint, hay. Dried fruit (almond). The sweet and woody parts are very well balanced, joined by an acidic tip of mixed citrus fruits. Also a touch of cloves to give a spicy depth.

F: long and persistent, still sweet, malty. Dried fruit to balance the sweetness.

Good, very good: it is “standard” in the best sense, and mainly on the palate it reveals a really characteristic woody and herbaceous intensity. It also shows a rich and dense sweetness, but perfectly balanced by the slightly bitter side. 89/100, with Balvenie you are not wrong.

Recommended soundtrack: Piero Bassini Trio – Looking at the hills.

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