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Balvenie 14-year-old

Overall rating
83.24/100
votes
155
Whiskybase ID
130226
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Week of Peat
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
14 years old
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
The Balvenie Stories
Bottle code
L6D 6421 0703
Barcode
5010327525198
Added on
23 Apr 2019 2:33 pm by Schmausel
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 74.34

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155 × member ratings

593 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 14-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.24 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Caolvenie

    Last year The Balvenie launched the series ‘The Balvenie Stories’, consisting of three bottles: the 12 years old The Sweet Toast of American Oak, the 14 years old The Week of Peat and the 26 years old A Day of Dark Barley. I will try the 14 years old peaty one that has a price tag of 65 EUR. Balvenie distils only one week per year with peated barley, hence the name of the release.

    Cut a just ripe banana in slices, squeeze a juicy lemon over it, crumble some hazelnuts, throw in a vanilla stick and a spoonful of acacia honey and wrap all this is a jacket of peat and shake it in a sack of hessian cloth et voilà: that’s the nose of this Balvenie. Could just as well be a young Caol Ila, which is my way of saying that I really like it.

    It is nicely creamy and immediately softly smoky with Brussels waffle, vanilla, nuts, citrus peel and even a salty edge. Stock fish! This is very good (and yes, it reminds me again of my favourite Ileach, so what?).

    The finish is wonderfully long on black pepper, citrus and smoke, with a sweet bubble gummy note at the death.

    Aficionados of Balvenie might find this a weird malt – because it’s quite atypical, of course – but those who love a peaty dram will like this one a lot, I think.

  2. Punktar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Accidentally bought ...
    Already smoke when opening - only now read label. Anticipation arises. In a nutshell: If I always acted like this, I would only have good whisky in my cupboard. As an Ardbeg fan, I am thrilled because he has power and steam. I will immediately buy a second bottle.

  3. peatjens scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    For the first time in 2017, when the bottling "Peat Week" with the year of burn 2002 came on the market, we get it this year under the label "The Week of Peat" as part of the 'Balvenie Stories'.
    It does not always have to be Islay? Is it enough to experiment with smoky distillate for a week? Of course, something can succeed. In this case, too?
    Let's try it!
    • Nose
      82 82
      Phenols, light smoke and citrus dominate. Later fruity notes like ripe bananas and vanilla. A touch of flowers and honey.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Sweetish and creamy with vanilla, then light smoke
      Waffles, orange peel, butterscotch, heather and toasted oak
    • Finish
      79 79
      sweetish vanilla, citrus notes, again smoke and light phenols

      CONCLUSION: in the case it was not enough for me. I miss a bit of the character. The results are too predictable. Nevertheless, an enrichment of the smoky portfolio and an experiment is also there to discover something new.

  4. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Really very complex and slightly peaty. In addition, oak, forest honey, slightly floral accents, needle litter, grilled pears, dark caramelized apples, cinnamon and Black Forest cake.
      With water: nutty dried fruit, soft smoke, chocolate, fir honey, redcurrants and wet stones.
    • Taste
      Aromatic after tender peat smoke, burnt leaves, oak, flowery hay, caramelized apples and warm earth.
      With water: very balanced. Peat, malt, fir honey, burned nuts, oak and sackcloth.
    • Finish
      Long, aromatic, tender smoldering peat smoke and Big Red chewing gum.

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Recently introduced. It's a quality dram, but I'd rather have the Sweet Toast 12 year instead, which is also being rolled out as we speak. I usually associate Balvenie with their softer, fruity style of whisky, and I am glad to have tasted this peated version, but if I am looking for a decently priced peated whisky, I'd rather drink the standard Lagavulin 16, which seemed a bit more cohesive for me.

  6. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2020-11-14
    • Nose
      84 84
      smoky, malty, citrus notes, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, banana, butter biscuits, banana biscuits, cinnamon, stollen
    • Taste
      85 85
      first bittersweet, honey, then the smoke settles over it and tangerine notes come through, sparkling, hazelnut
    • Finish
      85 85
      short / medium after dark chocolate, (cold) ashtray smoke and sometimes chewing gum

  7. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      smoke, vanilla, honey, malt, pear
    • Taste
      85 85
      smoke, vanilla, caramel, honey, spicy taste, noticeably peppery
    • Finish
      81 81
      long, lots of spices, oak and ash

  8. whiskynor scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Mellow sweetness with a complex light peat. Quite tasty. Shows true Balvenie style despite of the peat. Nice to see Balvenie experimenting with peat.

  9. DrBest scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Definitely the worst Balvenie I've ever tried. Sweet, very simple, no complexity. I perceive the smoke as rather disturbing. Balvenie and Peat - no, better not, they don't go together.

  10. noelc scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

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