Balvenie represents a good alternative to the been there done that of Glenmorangie and Glenlivet etal. Its good to give the smaller guys a try so to speak. Not that I do not drink 'morangie or the 'thelivet tho. As another poster indicated this drams popularity is going up and its harder to find the best expressions at a decent price. Still good when you can give it a chance. I prefer neat, especially with whisky at less that 100 proof as its watered down enough