The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1978 was selected in 2009 by David Stewart and three senior members of the British Bee Keepers Association. Two exceptional casks were identified as best exemplifying The Balvenie's signature honeyed complexity.
Cask 6248 is beautifully rich and vibrant on the nose with intense vanilla oakiness and fruity zesty marmalade. The flavours are robust with a luxurious silkiness. On the addition of water, vanilla oak notes are released alongside citrus fruit, creamy butterscotch, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Cask 2705 is rewardingly complex to nose with intense vanilla oakiness and citrus orange. There are hints of soft leather, beeswax and sweet heather honey. To taste, there is full bodied flavour with a rich mouth coating texture. Vanilla and oak deliver barley sugar sweetness. Layers of citrus fruit, fresh cut herbs, polished leather and mixed spice all slowly reveal themselves.