Nose: sweet, orange marmalade, toffee, nutty - very fragrant nose on this one
Palate: very sharp alcohol, sweet orange, toffee, nutty, vanilla, bit of wood
Finish: orange, nutty, wood, medium length
Definitely enjoy this one with tiny sips. It's not a casual, social sipping whisky, but rather one with which to sit down and pay attention. The nose is marvelous, but the palate - while very tasty - doesn't quite live up to it.
Balvenie 17 Madeira finish (43%)
Nose: peachy/melony, but drier than I'm accustomed to from madeira finishes. faint wood, faint caramel, nutty, toffee
Palate: light, semi-sweet, peachy, melony, nutty, very smooth, faintly buttery
Finish, peachy, melony, a touch of dried apricot, nutty, faintly woody, medium length
I like this one a lot more after having a full dram of it, rather than the quick sample I had a while back. Rather nice, but not worth the $115 MSRP. Luckily, my roommate got it on sale for $75, and it's about worth that.