Balvenie 14-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Week of Peat
Stated Age
14 years old
48.3 % Vol.
700 ml
The Balvenie Stories
Bottle code
L6D 6421 0703
Added on
23 Apr 2019 2:33 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 73.02

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 14-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.11 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. noelc scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  7. CaptainP scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    Out of all of the Balvenie’s I’ve tried, this one is far and away the best. The blend of smoke and sweetness in this scotch is perfect, and while different than the Islay peat, this Speyside peat is not lacking at all. You will get sweet fruit and floral notes, pleasant smoke, and a much smoother finish than most Balvenie single malts. This is an excellent scotch that makes you want to go back for an extra dram!
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet fruit, followed by rich floral and smokey peat throughout.
    • Finish
      Smooth, smokey, and a hint of spice and honey

  8. Cyril31 scored this whisky 64 points Member Senior

    Nose : wood, butter, lemon, vanilla and smoke.
    Taste : vanilla and wood.
    Finish : Spicy, disappear slowly with power.

  9. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sour, woody notes, citrus, unripe apple, soft peat, honey, vanilla
    • Taste
      fruity, apple, banana, peat, smoked chicken fillet, ash, pepper, lemon, almond

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's interesting how this has some Ledaig-esque qualities integrated with the Speyside peatiness.
    • Nose
      Herbal peat with a hint of vinyl flooring and sauerkraut. Mostly soft tobacco leaves though, supported by sweet vanilla and macadamia nuts with a touch of zesty lemon and eucalyptus in the background.
    • Taste
      Proper creamy mouthfeel. Soft smoke but certainly present. There's even some salt and kippers, before settling in a more earthy, warming territory. A touch of charred citrus peel and cloves.
    • Finish
      Smoky, elegant en long.


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