The high life
VIRTUOZITY PAIRS EXAMPLES FROM THE BALVENIE DISTILLERY WITH A COUPLE OF LA CASA DEL HABANO EXCLUSIVES AT THE BILLIONAIRE’S MANSION IN DUBAI
notes, with a fruity character that develops with time. The finish is soft and lingering.
The evening then moved on to the Single Berry Sherry Cask, matured exclusively in a single European oak sherry butt for at least 15 years. The term ‘single barrel’ conveys a unique nature of the expression, which has been drawn from a single cask of a single distillation. On the nose, it offers a rich combination of elegant oak and subtle spice. The taste is smooth and complex with clear hints of dried fruit and spice, overlaid with a gentle nuttiness, while the finish is long and sherried.
Finally, we sampled the Portwood, which is created through a marriage of rare Balvenie being transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines. Here it is sampled regularly by the Balvenie malt master to ensure that that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt while preserving its original characteristics. On the nose, it offers a perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a nutty dryness. And the taste is refined with remarkable character, being creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes. The finish is long, gentle and nutty. As mentioned earlier, the two cigars we sampled are exclusive to La Casa Del Habano stores, and certainly they both paired well with the whiskies on offer. The first was the Ramon Allones Superiores, a 2010 special