Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Wood Range - Wine Cask
Stated Age
08 years old
Madeira cask since 12/2017
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2019 3:01 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 61.33

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Whisky Reviews for Balmenach 2011 CA

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.50 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2019] Ooh, a baby whisky under the influence of strong wines - is this legal? Technically yes, but what about the taste...

    ...and my taste buds vote for a high-proof wine - they strongly reject to attribute this taste to the category of whisky. Another modern "winesky", it is interesting to have a dram if you never experienced such a taste before but after that it is just ... boring.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is not on the whisky colour map because it is red like a rose wine. The nose is winey, winey, winey and nothing else. The official tasting notes are a (bad) joke: "earthy and malty" - dream on... And if this is "NOT overly sweet" I wonder what is "overly sweet" at all? This is never ever a whisky's nose! Do not get me wrong, this nose is not bad but it is simply not whisky (as I know it).
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is all about sweet Madeira wine without any significant malt impact either. It is better than pure Madeira wine which is almost not drinkable (but a good ingredient in food recipes) but you have to prefer wine taste over whisky flavours to really enjoy this. It is an experience, for sure - but I do not ask for a second dram tonight.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The dram arrives a little hot and instantly coating on the palate with a minor astringent feeling (cold metals) that is not distracting. The finish is of medium length and adds some spices (mainly peppers) to the wine. But tell me Cadenhead, where is the crème brûlée? There are increasing drying moments towards the end (tannins). Water strengthens the winey flavours even more and from a certain reduction on this really tastes like wine. A quite expensive wine...

  2. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Straightforward Madeira wine cask. This one is for Madeira cask lovers and probably for nobody else. I'm fascinated by it, even though I'm not a wine fan. I like strong wood flavors. That may be why I like this bottling. It may be too much of that for a lot of people but for me it's just right. I like to add just a wee bit of water.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet, fruity and a very, very faint hint of vanilla. It's a young whisky distilled in 2011, put in a wine cask in 2017 and bottled in autumn 2019. And there are no surprises about it other than you have to even look for the whisky character in this strongly wine oriented bottling.
    • Taste
      86 86
      As the nose suggests. No surprises. Sweet and winey. Like a Madeira wine that's lost a bit of it's sweetness, just much stronger. Like I imagine licking a sweet wine cask from the inside.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Rather long. There's not much of a typical whisky finish here but a whole lot of wine cask, coming with a somewhat edgy sweetness.

  3. mattheww scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  4. theograph scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and winey

  5. Allandale scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Maideira influences.
    • Nose
      Gingerbread, malty. Slightly earth, with orchard fruits and not overly sweet.
    • Taste
      Red fruits, brambles, raspberries and dried oranges along with clotted cream and a touch of cracked black pepper.
    • Finish
      A mixture of creme brulee and red berry compote. A wee cracker. Complex.


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