Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
12 years old
Oak Cask
59.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Jun 2010 7:09 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 185,00

3 × in wishlist

5 × member ratings

2 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 1979 CA

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.33 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    I see tOMoH also siting on the knoll, pouring! I claim I didn’t see him at the tasting, but photographic evidence would prove otherwise.

    N: I love Balvenie, so I wonder why I rarely buy/drink it. Maybe it’s like why Londoner’s never visit the Crown Jewels, because they’re there. This is fluffy-ish, gentle-rich, dried tropical fruit barley juice, aged two ways - in cask & glass. The punch is ridiculous and having dry/chapped lips doesn’t help.
    T: There’s no arguing the provenance. Add water for more consolidated/ideally married, tincture-like barley=oak sugar richness.
    F: Sings effortlessly, finishing with yet more tropical fruits, dried or otherwise.
    C: I’ve also tried this one before [Blog87]. In today’s context, it’s the best whisky of the day, and it’s been a whisky-packed day indeed. When 12yo’s are like this,…

    Scores a C+

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Enjoyable whisky, much much better than the current 12 YO OB, would like to finish a bottle if I have one.
    • Nose
      Young but decently matured, clearly distillate driven, sweet malt barley. After a few minutes, some tropical fruits and popcorn, old map, ripe apple, violets flower, and Cuban cigars, just wonderful!
    • Taste
      Intensely sweet, strong ABV but very elegant and mellow in the mouth, a lot of waxes, ripe apple, strong camphor, burned malt barley, a pleasure.
    • Finish
      Medium, barley sugar, popcorn, some bitter oak.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    Oh no, another cork 'gorn off'.

    N: First whisky today with a [slightly metallic] funk - my interest is piqued. Despite only a little time to open out, its clear this is stylistically ‘old & rare' personified. The barley comes through firmly with only a little TWT, a touch of smoke [consistent with the style of the day], and a 'whisp' [wink] of sweet meatiness [think honeyed crackling fats or maple bacon]. What keeps coming round however is the rich barley oils & deep sugars, consolidated/bound by the 12+ cask years & more than double that in the bottle.
    T: Despite any bottle ageing/cork issues etc., its clear this malt is intact and retaining its [abv-based] large-ness. We have then a confident & balanced savoury malt that is slick, sleek and sure-footed with a variety of colours going in many a direction. A little water subdues the 59.5% and brings out a cereal saltiness.
    F: Copper-oak-raisin-barley with lemon & aspirin [Lemsip vibe], at the death.
    C: I see Serge really didnt get on too well with this one, finding it rather young & austere, but then i like the austere style and a ‘young’ 12yo bottled in the early 90’s is a whole different beast compared with todays 12yos. I find this indicative of the ‘heart of Speyside’ style, albeit with CS action. Another bottle id like more time with.Scores a B


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