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Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating 378 votes 82.34
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 2:00 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Tastingtags

63 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
21 May 2017 7:15 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 86 points

[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.

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...  It arrives in the mouth gentle and smooth but with some adstringent 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 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.  The finish is of medium length and gets more chocolatey, really nice.  Just a slight dryness from the wood (not unpleasant here).

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...

Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
88
Initial taste
81
Body
84
Finish
85
Price
84
Presentation
86
There is no accounting for taste...
DavidH.
Member Senior DavidH. Review note
08 Oct 2017 1:47 pm
DavidH. gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83.4
Nose
85
Initial taste
83
Body
81
Finish
83
Price
84
Presentation
86
StyrianSpirit
Expert Junior StyrianSpirit Review note
01 Jul 2017 3:08 pm
StyrianSpirit gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.2
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
83
Finish
81
Price
88
Presentation
86
My Collection
maltaholic
Connoisseur maltaholic Review note
04 Jun 2017 1:37 am
maltaholic gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
85.3
Nose
87
Initial taste
84
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
91
Presentation
80
vojt466
Expert Senior vojt466 Tasting note
14 May 2017 9:42 pm
vojt466 gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Sherry v symbióze s citrusovým ovocem, vanilkou, sušeným ovocem, oříšky, lehkou zemitostí a celkem slušnou dávkou koření.

Taste

Opět sherry tóny, rozinky, fíky, vanilka, ovocný kompot a jemná skořice. Velmi příjemné, ovšem 40% alkoholu drží chuť zbytečně zpět

Finish

V dozvuku ze začátku sušené ovoce, později vanilka, oříška a na závěr vysychající v kombinaci s lehce alkoholovým tónem

Comments

Proč jenom to lahvují při těch 40%??

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
12 Apr 2017 10:52 am
hs305 gave this whisky 86 points

[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.

There is no accounting for taste...
Jaydee
Expert Senior Jaydee Review note
15 Oct 2016 8:59 pm
Jaydee gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82
Nose
80
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
80
Price
80
Presentation
80
Jaydee My Collection
Waykid
Expert Junior Waykid Note
26 Aug 2016 9:01 pm
Waykid gave this whisky 82 points

The basic range of Balvenie seems to me to carry the same qualities:in this one too everything is in place, there is nothing off-putting and the honeyd, some what meadowy toffee-malt character is very promising. The problem is that it is too faint, small and subtle, as if it was made for someone with heightened sensitivities. Sort of a perfectly formed Liliputian malt. 

BunnaHarz
Member Senior BunnaHarz Review note
11 Jul 2016 10:06 pm
BunnaHarz gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
81.8
Nose
80
Initial taste
81
Body
81
Finish
82
Price
85
Presentation
85
BunnaHarz
Member Senior BunnaHarz Tasting note
11 Jul 2016 9:11 pm
BunnaHarz gave this whisky 82 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Honig,saftige Mandarinen, Vanillie

Taste

Weich, Honig, Vanillie, fruchtig, leichte Sherry-Süße

Finish

eher kurz, Sherry kommt recht spät im Verbindung mit Marzipan

Comments

Schöner daily dram, wenn man ihn länger "atmen" läßt kommt der Sherry deutlich zum Vorschein

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