Balvenie 14-year-old

Overall rating
83.71/100
votes
300
Whiskybase ID
WB130226
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 700 ml
Label
The Balvenie Stories
Bottle code
L6D 6421 0703
Barcode
5010327525198
Added on
23 apr 2019 2:33 pm by Schmausel
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 86.03

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie 14-year-old

51 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.71 points.

  1. dram1919 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The smoke on the nose is subdued, but so are the typical Balvenie Speyside notes. On the palate then significantly more smoke and a lot of power. But the Speyside notes go under. It was worth a try. In the end, however, the following applies: Schuster stick to your last.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fine wood smoke, apple, peach, light grapes, honey, malt, subtle floral
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, spicy, smoky, bitter. Malt, pepper, espresso. Strong alcohol.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium length finish with smoke, pepper, malt, ink, bitterness and some spiciness.

  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
      smoke, bit of peat, vanilla, honey, cherries, honey
    • Taste
      77 77
      sugar, bit of dirty smoke, some peat, mud, burned notes.
    • Finish
      79 79
      bit of ash, gras, vanilla, smoldering wood.

  4. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      smoke, peat, sweet after a while, forest honey, pine needles, lemon, floral, tangy, spicy,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smoke, Wild Honey, Aniseed, Lemon, Pine Needles, Floral, Peaty, Nuts, Sweet
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, dry , smoke, ash, sweet, lemon , pine needles

  5. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Pleasant smoke, light sweetness, grainy, ashy, apple, lemon, aniseed, spicy, smoke slowly settles and the fruity notes and sweetness come to the fore.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Light on the tongue, smoke, ashy, peaty, aniseed, lemon, tangy, very mild alcoholic note.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, dry finish, lots of smoke and aniseed, lemon in the background.

  6. DistiLesha scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Very strange and unpleasant taste. This release leaves a negative imprint on Balvenie.
    I don't want to dig into this, but let's figure it out anyway.
    The smokiness of the malt here is clearly arbitrary and obviously insignificant. Anyone who tastes this whisky blindly would say that this is someone's homemade aged distillate. Smokyness is heard in the aroma like burnt leaves, and in the taste it perversely looks like an unpleasant burning, nasty perfumery.
    I'm glad I took a sample and didn't buy a whole bottle even though I've been chasing it for a long time.
    N:21 T:18 F:19 B:18
    • Nose
      Malty with notes of pearl barley, burnt leaves, lemon, slightly fruity, peppery.
      Second nose: peanut butter
    • Taste
      Burning and perfumery, very young, bitter, lemon.
      Sweetness 6 out of 10
    • Finish
      The bitterness of a wooden board, the alcohol component anesthetizes the oral cavity. Here is such a primitive aftertaste.

  7. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. KB201 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Positive surprise. Nice balanced interplay of smoke, sweetness and fruitiness.
    Strong whisky, the 48% are well chosen.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Smoky with fruit aromas and sweetness.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Smoke, then vanilla and sweetness that stays while the smoke takes a pleasant back seat.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long finish with smoke, sweetness, fruit and vanilla.

  9. the_muskox scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A mellow but respectable peated offering. It does what it says on the tin – there’s all the honey sweetness of normal Balvenie, just with peat. Comparing it to the travel-retail-exclusive 14yo Peated Triple Cask, I think this whisky is peatier but maybe a bit less complex – more casks is more better, just ask Jura!
    • Nose
      Sweet-tart peat. The peat is actually fairly briny and acrid, but it’s glazed in honeyed sweetness - ripe orchard fruit (apple, pear, peach), citrus jellies, clover honey, cream soda (or a whole soda fountain), and orange blossoms. On the other hand, there are still rich peaty notes of seawater, birch-fueled campfire, stewed pork with sage, some eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      Medium-thick texture. Arrives with… breakfast! Orange juice, pancakes with maple syrup, honey-drizzled granola, crispy bacon, and slightly burnt toast. Mouthwatering sweet woodsmoke on the development. Rich butterscotch, baking spices, toasted coconut, and cola. A little bit of bitter ash, charred oak, and worn leather, along with more sweet honey.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. S’mores over a winter campfire. Chocolate orange, beeswax, ginger chews, and muscat grapes. Lingering sooty smoke, camphor, honey, and spicy ginger.

  10. Teomarg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. leeho scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoke, wood, caramel and seasoning.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoke, wood but somehow too “watered down”. Unfortunately, there is a lack of complex volume.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In short, smoke with metallic notes and peppery spice.

  16. hafssol scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    As we all know, Balvenie doesn’t usually make peated whisky, but when it does, it often turns out to be something not banal at all. So it happens with this 14 y.o. which is part of the series “The Balvenie Stories”.
    The starting argument is that the result is far from being a mere peat addition to the usual sweet and woody profile of the distillery, as in this expression the peat is present from start to finish, yet not overwhelming and well integrated with (mostly) fruity and herbal notes. The ashy and overall subtle smoke works as a constant but shifting background to a bright sequence of sweet fruits (pear, peaches), green apple and vanilla, with just a touch of pepper.
    It looks quite clear that for this expression Balvenie pursued an “elegant” side of peat, achieving a fairly good balance in taste, even if less powerful than (for instance) its 2003 Peat Week of the same age.
    Anyway worth a try, also considering its reasonable price.

  17. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    As far as I can remember only the 2nd Balvenie I tasted; after the 12y double wood, of which I was not over impressed.
    • Nose
      Kind of Ledaig-ish nose. Lovely sweet peat smoke. Overripe fruit basket.
    • Taste
      Also in the taste it reminds me of Ledaig; just not as earthy and dirty. Pretty good; and full body at 48,3% - for me the right abv. No need for water. Pretty thick and oily.
    • Finish
      Very, very long finish. Dry in the end. Fruitiness, peat, smoke and sweetness remain in the right balance till the very end.

      Conclusion: I am positively surprised of this Balvenie dram. I consider buying a bottle.

  18. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Balvenie 14-year-old The Week of Peat 48.3%abv

    Smell: potion, salt, a little fruit vinegar, fine dust, wake up for ten minutes, weakened peat, oak, flour, green pepper, apple juice, cream cake, salted fish 85/100
    Taste: Disinfected water, salted fish, fishy, seaweed, sea water, oak, table salt, some sweetness, soot, sugar water, flavors other than peat are difficult to recognize 85/100
    Body: Full and oily, concentrated 87/100
    Ending rhyme: long, charred sea fish, black charcoal, wood chips
    Overall: 85.5/100, good body, but obviously, the reason why I didn't get a high score is that I don't like this kind of main peat-flavored wine, but it is still undeniable that it is done well, at least not very rough.

  19. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fully open only on taste - great earthy peat character. Great for Friday
    • Nose
      87 87
      Soft earthy herbal peat with fragrant honey, and citrus
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet herbal honey, earthy, dry beef, strong peat smoke
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, sweet honey and earthy peat

  20. valasios scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. KeesD scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. claymore84 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind on 06-18-2021 in Wustrow.

  23. BAR scored this whisky 71 points Member Junior

    Nose: The aroma is rich with notes of tropical fruits, namely passion fruit and creamy toffee.

    Taste: Sweet vanilla forms a creamy taste with notes of apples and mangoes with a hint of orange in the background.

    Finish: The finish lingers with a vanilla-oriented character.

    Overall: Mouth-coated and fruity with excellent balance, this is an excellent new release from the chaps at Balvenie.

  24. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Exciting dram. The fine smoke goes surprisingly well with the Balvenie. Don't cover it up. Successful experiment in my eyes.
    • Nose
      Restrained elegant smoke. Fine acidity. Fresh. Maritime. A little caramel.
    • Taste
      Sweet banana. Maritime. A little rosemary
    • Finish
      Mild and medium length.

  25. besar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  26. Highlander65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good, elegant and refined style of Balvenie is not raped by the peat.
    • Nose
      Balvenie! It may be peaty but the first impression is the classic sweet, delicate, honeyed and fruity aroma of Balvenie, the peat, mineral and light, comes after a while and takes center stage without completely covering the other aromas. There is also a slight hint of aromatic herbs. Alcohol non-existent
    • Taste
      dense body, scorched peat, barbecue, lemon, lemon honey. There is also some salt
    • Finish
      peat lasts for a long time, sensation of ash in the mouth, bitter note of bitter almonds at the end

  27. Mane140486 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Sweet notes of honey and vanilla combined with an orange peel and a mineral peat smoke completely different from that of islay. On the palate, notes of hazelnut and pepper are added. medium short finish. A good whisky.

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. whiskynor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  31. 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.

  32. noelc scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. Valérie scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  38. lucero scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  39. 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.

  40. AgentMunky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      7.5 // 8.5

      Smells like an Islay, despite apparently being Campbeltown-inspired. Very dry peat, moreish. Gods, I love peated Highlands.
    • Taste
      90 90
      9 // 9
      Dry, savory, as rich and saliva-inducing as any Ardbeg. This is a pretty wild Balvenie.
    • Finish
      90 90
      9 // 8

      Marries two of my favorite flavors, The Balvenie and peated malt.

  41. 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.

  42. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Balvenie Weak Peat: an entirely unnecessary addition to the product range.

  43. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  44. Othorion scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Simple, fairly one-dimensional smoker. Quite neat, but not anymore either

  45. Othorion scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Simple, fairly one-dimensional smoker. Quite neat, but not anymore either

  46. schengel10 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A pleasing aromatic good malt; From Balvenie rather unusual; not cheap, but very successful!
    • Nose
      gentle smoke, ripe banana, fudge, caramel, soft, honey, vanilla;
    • Taste
      powerful, oily and creamy, lots of vanilla and honey, then soft smoke, ripe fruit, herbs, subtle oak;
    • Finish
      medium, honey and vanilla again; declining gentle smoke;

  47. peatjens scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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.

  48. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  49. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Macerated peat, vegetal and humid, acid limit. We are more in a swamp with reeds and small ponds than in a real bog. Pairing with gourmet fruits, grapes, yellow plums, light vanilla. In the mouth, the peat is less strong, it is especially the fruits of the orchard: pear, apple, plums. Big return of smoked peat on the finish, with grilled meats and charcoal, smoked ham, it feels like a barbecue. This finish is very long, quite tasty.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-balvenie-14-yo-week-of-peat.html
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  50. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted it yesterday with some friends. Not my style Balvenie, I'm glad i've tasted it so I don't have to buy a bottle anymore.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. face scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      78 78

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