Balvenie 12 Doublewood


Originally reviewed on reddit: 25/11/15

These are some older notes I took from a bottle I had a while back. A big part of Balvenie’s marketing is that they have an active cooperage on site and they make a big thing about their casks. This is highlighted by their core expression, called Doublewood because it’s double matured in “whisky oak”, which I assume means refill casks, and sherry wood.

Aged 12 years. 40% ABV.

Nose: A strong malt note, some woods supporting it. Some fruitiness behind that. Cinnamon, apples, pears stewed in red wine.

Palate: A hit of oakiness right off the bat. Spicy vanilla toffee. Something else that I can’t put my finger on, possibly maple syrup.

Finish: Medium. Sweet, metallic finish. More stewed fruits, a hint of pepper or nutmeg.

Would I buy this: No.

Would I order this in a bar: Yes.

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes.

VFM: 3/5

This is a nice expression, it’s not overpriced like some of their other expressions and while not hugely complex, it hits some really nice notes.  


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