Dark amber hue. The opening aroma is pronounced, sassy, peppery & peaty; aeration stimulates added scents of Sherry, smoke, tobacco leaf & sweet malt. On the palate, a sweet, oaky richness is evident immediately; by midpalate, well-endowed flavors of vanilla cream, caramel & Sherry overwhelm the taste buds. The endless aftertaste is round, smoky & toffee-like. A Balvenie benchmark. Score: 90.