A limited edition bottling in 2006, The Balvenie RumWood spent its final 18 months of maturation in 14 casks which had previous held rum from Guyana and Venezuela. The Balvenie RumWood was non chill filtered and was bottled at a strength of 47.1% abv. The aroma of The Balvenie RumWood balances rich honeyed fruity notes and candied orange-peel with a hint of oak and a gentle touch of spice. Its taste combines soft toasted oak notes, vanilla, fruits and spice with a tropical sweetness.
Caribbean Cask is a pretty good 14 year scotch. However, the product pictured and described here, Balvenie RUmWood, pictured with a "Golden Cask" image, was a different scotch. When I ordered, I wasn't expecting Caribbean Cask, which I already had in my cabinet at home. Second time this has happened with Wine Chateau- the first time they advertised Signature 12 year, but send Doublewood instead. They made it right with me, however. Not sure what they will do with this mixup!
I noticed this myself as soon as I opened the shipping box. I do enjoy the Caribbean Cask and this is a good price for that Scotch so I'm happy with the order overall, but was disappointed to not receive the Golden Cask bottling.
The oldest Balvenie released in 2008 was The Balvenie 1964, Aged 43 Years. Cask number 10378 yielded just 151 bottles, the single malt having reduced to a cask strength of just 41.3% abv since its distillation on 18th November 1964. The Balvenie 1964 has an amazing depth of flavour, characterised by sweet infusions of dried tobacco leaf and rich fruit cake, complex layers of dried fruits, ground coffee, walnut, and elegant oakiness. The Balvenie is a unique range of single malts crafted by Malt Master David Stewart. Each is unique, but all are rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by a distinctive honeyed character.