Review: Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 Years; Refill and First-Fill Sherry Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Balvenie (Dufftown, Scotland)

The base of the Balvenie range, being matured in 2 casks and aged for 12 years...

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Easy and soft on the nose, with vanilla, pear, honey, and a good dose of malt. There is a bit of tropical fruit as well – passionfruit. Some brown sugar, cookie dough, white raisins. Smells, and tastes, a touch sour. There’s not a huge sherry influence – otherwise, from time to time, a bit of sherry funkiness. The taste is buttery, full of malt, with some grassy spiciness and honey as well. The finish is full of malt, honey, and vanilla.

This is a fairly simple, but very easy and approachable malt. I also find that, on a clean palate, I enjoy this more – it can tend to become a bit dense and woody if this follows a lot of bigger whisky or cocktails.

Value: Low to Average, at $90. A number of people really like this but it’s never quite stood out to me enough.