Balmenach 8 Year Old Barrique Finish - Best Dram

Rich, Dried Fruits
Balmenach does not have a core range. If you want to taste such a whisky, you have to resort to independent bottlings. Michel Reick - one of the best-known German independent bottlers of single malt whisky - has bottled a Balmenach with a 1st fill Banyuls barrique finish in the "Best Dram" series.
Balmenach 8 Year Old Barrique Finish - Best Dram
Balmenach 8 Year Old Barrique Finish - Best Dram (Preview Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)
Single Malt Whisky | 8 Year Old | 54,20 % ABV. | 111,29 €/l | Balmenach Distillery | bottled by Best Dram | produced in Scotland (Speyside) | Whiskybase ID 207014


The nose of the 8-year-old Balmenach single malt is intense and immediately present. A clear note of ripe cherry jam immediately hits the senses, accompanied by deep nuances of fermented plums. A touch of heavy red wine and a hint of cane sugar round off the bouquet, while deep red wine gums add a sweet and tantalising dimension.


The first sip reveals a powerfully sweet flavour characterised by ripe fruit and subtle vinous notes. Dark wine gums provide a complex sweetness, while a pleasant warmth envelops the palate. A surprising sulphur note, reminiscent of rotten egg, adds an unexpected nuance.


The finish is extremely spicy and long-lasting, with a lingering sweetness that gradually gives way to a drier character. Dark chocolate remains.


The surprisingly dry finish forms an interesting contrast to the initial sweetness of the whisky and gives it an additional dimension. Overall, the Balmenach 8 year old presents itself as a tasty and powerful single malt with unusual flavours that really comes to the fore. The sulphur notes can be perceived as disturbing, but that is a matter of taste.

Rating: 85/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 84 | Sascha: 86)

Value for Money: 4/5 - Good

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