Balvenie 16-year-old

Overall rating
87.58/100
votes
54
Whiskybase ID
WB206555
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
French Oak
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Pineau Finish
Strength
47.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010327525464
Added on
22 mar 2022 9:08 pm by SmiddyMalt
Colored

Average value

£ 146.35

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie 16-year-old

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.58 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2022] I had a dram during a tasting session at the distillery. This is a modern wine finish with the wine (Pineau) clearly dominating. If you like such sweet wines this dram might perfectly suit your taste preferences but I am more a whisky traditionalist hence I prefer the classic Balvenie maturations (Bourbon, Sherry or Doublewood meaning both of them and my favourite 21-years old port wood). There is nothing wrong with this dram, it is just too winey (for me, only)...

  2. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Light golden color. Pretty oily.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Pretty sweet. A lot of malt. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Traces of fruit. The fruit of the orchard. Apples and pears, fresh. Spices, cinnamon and white pepper.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Pretty sweet. Lots of malt. Vanilla, honey. Spices. Black pepper. Cinnamon. Caramel.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Spices. Cinnamon. Black pepper. Fruit. Pretty fresh. Fresh apples, red. Medium-long finish.

  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Definitely good for lovers of dry white wine aging, but this is a dry, grassy, slightly citrus-apple-fruity profile that doesn't really excite me or belong to my preferred flavor profiles. I would have liked the Cognac, or more precisely the Pineau influence, to be a little creamier.
    No particular bad marks and maybe even round for the profile, but still there is no harmony that picks me up.

    Dry grape must and whisky have to offer more in the combination to inspire me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is very fresh, grassy dry and fresh green apple in the foreground. The light, vinous liqueur notes become somewhat present in the middle after 10 minutes, giving the whisky more breadth. Unfortunately, you can feel the age mainly through the relatively dry wood notes.

      Fermented grapes at the back.
    • Taste
      88 88
      87.5
      On the palate, too, rather dry and grassy notes of wood, which are not too bitter.
      The 48 percent gives the dram sufficient volume and is not too strong. A light lavender note at the back.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The mouthfeel is quite ok, but not that it's beautiful or particularly exciting. The finish is rather short and dry.

  4. JosMei scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Pineau aging, very nice.
    Delicious liqueur made from cognac and wine from Gascony.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Floral, Honey, Apple, Herbs.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Warm, very fruity, citrus fruits, plums, grapes, oak, candied ginger and some raisins.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium length, a bit dry and an echo of everything before.
      An experience again and again.

  5. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Simple, soft, but all the same with a certain elegance characteristic of Balvenie.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Soft nose, with a slight floral sweetness, rose, jasmine.
      Crystallized sugar, light, fairly liquid frangipane.
      Light nutty.
      Dried orange, vanilla, honey and hot barley.
    • Taste
      88 88
      On the palate a lot of honey, vanilla, barley.
      Very sweet, always with barley.
      All-flower honey.
      Light woodiness, with a very light coffee grounds.
      Floral, with dried rose.
    • Finish
      87 87
      In the finish it is slightly sweet, floral, still on barley.

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. CordovZ scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Absolutely fantastic whisky from Balvenie. Light & approachable while staying complex & layered. Worth the price of admission in this world of crazy whisky prices
    • Nose
      90 90
      Honey leaps out of the glass; fresh white flowers; lime juice; grapefruit; touch of pine tree; plum jam; fruit punch; coconut sugar
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet honey; creamy vanilla; apricots; coconut shavings; sponge cake; buttery pastries; milk chocolate covered caramels
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, oily finish; fresh herbs; meyer lemons; toasted oak; honey

  9. lingige scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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