Review: Balvenie Carribbean Cask 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

14 Years; Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Balvenie (Dufftown, Scotland)

One of the few rum-finished whiskies in Scotch - aged 14 years in refill cask before being finished for less than a year in rum casks.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L6A 6299 2202 08:33

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Oak comes off at first, with some rich malt, molasses, toffee, anise candies, vanilla extract, and a good dose of spice as well – fruitcake. The palate is quite buttery, and lightly sour, with a nice middle which is full of sugarcane, brown sugar, and finishes with some green apple, clove, and cinnamon. The rum influence is there – but it’s not overt, and it doesn’t take over (which is nice). A very nice presentation of malt, as well. A fairly sweet dram, at times, perhaps, a bit too sweet. I am glad for a bit of tannic influence at the end – otherwise I think it would just be all too syrupy. The end has some sugarcane, oak, and rich malt. A nice layering of flavour – a malt that makes me want a cigar to accompany it with.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, at $140. I should note, here, that the Balvenie has recently gone under a price explosion in Canada - with this bottling going from $115 to $140 in the past few months. This made my value score plummet, but it was already a bit low even before the increment.