Balvenie 1962

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
50 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
44.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 sep 2012 9:08 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 52546.53

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie 1962

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.52 points.

  1. ScottFrench scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    We could compare this whisky to an old wise, discreet and erudite who likes to talk a lot when asked a question. This dram full of history can not leave indifferent. Time has made a real goldsmith work on this Balvenie: 50 years of aging and still a lot of character, complexity and power. A great whisky, atypical, not easy to identify, but with nice surprises.
    • Nose
      the first impression is that of a block of aromas indissociable from each other, given the perfect homogeneity of this whisky. There is no doubt, the weather has done its job. Nothing exceeds, everything is melted. It will not be easy to unravel all that. In general, the whole is soft and silky, delicate. The first aromas that stand out are fruity, rather exotic: mango, pineapple, papaya, banana. Vanilla and honey let us think that this whisky has aged in bourbon casks. Well, we are completely wrong! It is a barrel of sherry that served to the aging of this malt. The nose is of rare wealth. All the aroma families pass through it. Underlying floral notes are very pleasant: jasmine, rose, violet, hibiscus. Chocolate, raisins and frangipane remind us of the sherry cask, while at the same time, mint, raspberry, blackcurrant, sandalwood, cinnamon and pistachio make us travel to another world. It's completely bluffing. A multitude of aromas in this tiny centilitre of whisky is almost magical.
    • Taste
      just like the first impression on the nose, the texture is very soft and silky, almost creamy. It's warm and comforting. We want to drink this dram by the fire. Despite the age and low alcohol level, this 50-year-old Balvenie has kept a good dose of vigor, even if it's not a powerhouse. He has body, but everything is in delicacy. Exotic fruits are always present, as are red fruits, with notes of raspberry jam with mint. Vanilla and honey go well with chocolate, cinnamon and exotic fruits. The floral side is also very present, especially with jasmine and hibiscus. The whole is very greedy. Once again, the nature of the cask becomes anecdotal, as the aromatic palette is extended.
    • Finish
      Strong enough, on jasmine, hibiscus, cinnamon and exotic fruits, but unfortunately, the whole does not stay very long in the mouth.

  2. Talisker84 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Dress: Or- straw, some orange highlights Nose: Inimitable, unique, a bouquet of flowers, roses, jasmine, violet, lavender, hallucinating! Nothing to do with Balvenie 70's often exotic and waxy character. We are in something never felt before! Even more surprising when David Stewart informs you that this is a sherry refill! Palate: The slap! Once again it's a unique sensation! The 50 years is one of those whiskys we say one day "wow, I have never tasted such, I have no references to make, it's unique." The mouth remains in continuity nose, an infusion of flowers! We find again the rose, the jasmine, always the purple very present (but not that of the Bowmore years we do not like, do not worry.) The hibiscus and lavender also point their nose, the texture is syrupy, and what is also surprising is the almost total absence of bitterness, woody, or other ... By cons what impresses is its very sweet character! mouth in the mouth there is an explosion of sugar with these flowers as finally petals of crystallized roses. Final: Of an improbable length! Fresh. And what remains mostly is the violet! A lot of violets! The impression of having eaten one of these candies with violet. Exceptional! Conclusion: This Balvenie from 1962 bottled in 2012 and which pays homage to 50 years of work at WG & S David Stewart is simply a nugget! So yes, the nuggets are worth it. But this whisky is finally part of these liquids which we, a whisky lover, look forward to all our lives. There is no comparison possible! This whisky is unique (I repeat myself) and can not be compared to any other!


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