Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Barrel
Stated Age
12 years old
First Fill Bourbon
47.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
21 Apr 2018 2:02 pm by niskat
Non-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69.90

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.11 points

  1. SirMattsmore scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Great quality/price ratio. Fruity on the nose, sweet honey taste and a vanilla finish.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. niskat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    The fruit dominates the nose, but the vanilla is clearly in the foreground in taste and finish. My first first-fill bourbon single cask but definitely not the last one. Due to the ex-bourbon barrels, I was afraid of adhesive flavors, which I luckily found zero. You don't taste alcohol either, despite 47.8 vol.%. It's just pleasant and tasty. Super summer whisky!
    Despite 12 years, the 50-55 € is easily worth it.
    • Nose
      In the nose an aromatic, colorfully mixed fruit plate: green apple at the beginning, with more air comes banana and later clearly the much-quoted juice orange - the first whisky where I actually smell it! Class. Some honey behind it. The vanilla that you would expect from a first-fill bourbon barrel only flashes discreetly behind the fruit. Above all, water clearly produces the apple, which is why I would rather not use it in the future.
    • Taste
      Sweet, extremely creamy, mild and tasty! It really lulls the tongue. Through my nose I had already expected the vanilla to be weak. Not even close. Thick waves of soft vanilla flood. At some point there will also be some honey and then even a slight peppery. Even this pepper is pleasant, zero biting, but a nice contrast to the vanilla and makes the taste more interesting. With water altogether flowerier, vanilla becomes airier and less intense - unnecessary, the 47.8 vol. % is a good thing.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, of course. Some honey too, and here you can feel the oak more clearly. In the end even a delicate bitterness, which together with the fruit aromas is more reminiscent of apple peel. Very beautiful. Vanilla sticks everywhere in the mouth and flashes again and again, resulting in a long finish. Insanely delicious. Vanilla lighter with water, but more bitter.


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