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Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
82.48/100
votes
160
Whiskybase ID
178067
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Sweet Toast of American Oak
Bottled
06.03.2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Virgin American Oak
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
The Balvenie Stories
Bottle code
L6D 6404
Barcode
5010327525167
Added on
28 Feb 2021 12:19 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 61.95

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.48 points

  1. keizerjos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aged in toasted virgin american oak, 12 years old, 43 percent.
    An instant hit. The fragrance is soft, honey, simple but not to be sneezed at; the taste is great, immediately “more !! more!! engraving in your brain. Toasted bread, waffles, honey, a little bit gritty, The aftertaste is short and effective; you want more immediately. Rarely see a bottle empty so quickly; just always good, approachable, amusing, friendly, pleasant, tasty whisky. On to the liquor store. More!! More!!
    And now, a few months later, second bottle - I stay with my position. Top stuff.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    I suspect I would've liked this Balvenie better without the finish in these deeply toasted virgin oak barrels.
    • Nose
      Sure, there's a lot of sweet vanilla notes in here, but there's cloves and cinnamon too, as well as French toast, and even a light raspberry note. Finally a touch of tinned pineapple as well as a fair amount of charred oak.
    • Taste
      Creamy and spicy with lots of oak influence, resulting in a little too much clove and coconut. There's toffee, butterscotch and a touch of pickled orange peel as well.
    • Finish
      Lingering oak spices and a whisper of smoke with a tinge of burnt honey.

  3. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    "Sweet toast of american oak" - a new bottling from BALVENIE, as usual in a reserved 43% vol.
    A very well made whisky that doesn't hurt anyone and that you can't really fault. It works flawlessly and emotionless but I miss a recognition value.
    For connoisseurs who rarely drink a whisky, an absolute hit.
    • Nose
      81 81
      On the nose rather reserved, a little sweet, a little acid, some fresh wood. Everything is very well balanced but rather inconspicuous. Yes, doing nothing wrong could have been the motto here ...
    • Taste
      85 85
      A bit full of mouthfeel, slight oiliness, nice sweetness, nice fruit, nice spice. I find it perfectly balanced, but I can't really grasp it. It seems like it is a perfect "beginner's whisky" or just an "easy dram". Great job, but without emotion.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Rather short to medium length and without edges and corners. Nothing bothers, nothing stands out. But here, too, an almost silky smooth finish.

  4. dominikbraun scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  5. man2392 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nose: pineapple chunks, milk and honey soap, olive oil
    Palate: reminds me of a cream liqueur
    Finish: clotted cream fudge

    Tasted blind as part of Wings and Whisky- age statements

  6. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  7. MarcelvR scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Nice fruity whisky with a soft aftertaste.

  8. MarcelvR scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Nice fruity whisky with a soft aftertaste.

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
      IT: 82
      B: 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Mapl scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

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