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Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
82.36/100
votes
408
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
DoubleWood
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask Finish
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010327505138
Added on
30 May 2007 2:23 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 41,01

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408 × member ratings

1335 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.36 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  Whenever I am on the road in Scotland I do some re-tastings of standard drams.  Today I selected this Balvenie DoubleWood with the bottling code L2A 7487 1209 22:37.

    All in all a good standard dram these days.  When almost every whisky gets more oaky and bitter due to the cask supply problems this one at least stayed on a bearable level...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is amontillad and the texture shows a few slow late legs and late fat tears. The nose is all about a honey-sweet sherry profile with some vanilla-driven aromas. Just as you would expect from the two casks it matured in. I like it when marketing and reality fit together...
    • Taste
      81 81
      The taste is on honey, vanilla -toffee and some sherry-induced flavours like dark chocolate and raisins. Not the slightest trace of sulphur, so congrats to an excellent cask management at Balvenie. The wood is still a little heavy and bitter but not as extreme as with the first mouthfeel. It is bearable now and after a while even enjoyable.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The dram arrives in the mouth gentle and smooth but with some astringent feelings from heavy tannins that I do not like. Another victim to the cask shortage crisis (some virgin oak in there)? Not too sure about that but it feels this way. The finish is of medium length and gets more chocolatey, really nice. Just a slight dryness from the wood (not unpleasant here).

  2. Jack Marinello scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fruits, peach, kiwi, vanilla, wood
    • Taste
      Fruits, vanilla, sugar, sweet, honey
    • Finish
      short

  3. Punktar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I really like that, that's a fruit bomb. I like tangerines, so maybe it's a bit wishful thinking, but for me it has a definite tangerine finish. A class whisky that I can recommend to every beginner.
    • Nose
      Yellow fruits, some sherry and honey. Anyway, in the first nose. After that comes more honey. And some vanilla? Smells very intense and how a good Speysider should smell. For those who liked the old Founders Reserve, it took a bit of getting used to. But I like it so far.
    • Taste
      Hmm, soft, fruity and vanilla. Just another sip ... Now with some honey and something like cinnamon in the background? Just another sip! Clearly yellow fruits (and mandarin?) And vanilla. A little bit of alcohol, but that does not really bother. Delicious! One more ... No, I just want to try.
    • Finish
      Pretty long and pleasant. Long-lasting fruity tangerine, now more pronounced than before.

  4. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The nose is fresh, almost minty, it smells of wheat, wood, vanilla. The sherry is here. There is still a bit of peat, yes, I assure you. Some hints of fruit, berries, currants or blackcurrant, but it is very light. Honey serves as a link to all this, which is what dominates in fact, in a very subtle set. The entry in the mouth is less complex. Honey is still there, married to sherry. Vanilla, wood, and the taste of bourbon rising in the final, to finally prevail. The finish is quite long, not too dry. I have the impression of a touch of anise in retro-olfaction, my faith all this is very interesting.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Danny1968 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    The Balvenie Double Wood 12 years old is a whisky that has surprised me very positively. You can taste the oak barrel and light vanilla flavor in the aftertaste. This whisky has a long aftertaste and you can enjoy it for a long time.

  6. DavidH. scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Why are they just booing at those 40%?
    • Nose
      Sherry in a symbiosis with citrus fruit, vanilla, dried fruit, nuts, light earthy, and quite a good dose of spice.
    • Taste
      Again, sherry tones, raisins, figs, vanilla, fruit compote and fine cinnamon. Very pleasant, however, 40% of alcohol keeps the taste unnecessarily back
    • Finish
      In the reverberation from the beginning of the dried fruit, later vanilla, hazelnut and finally dried in combination with a slightly alcoholic tone

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [October, 1998]  I had this dram during a tasting at Kyrburg. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this dram 87,5.  Unfortunately no additional notes were taken.

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