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Balvenie 14-year-old Caribbean Cask

Overall rating
83.60/100
votes
858
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
23.08.2012
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Rum Cask Finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2W 7122 2308
Barcode
5010327524566
Added on
27 Sep 2012 3:53 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 60,54

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 14-year-old Caribbean Cask

117 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.60 points

  1. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/balvenie/balvenie-caribbean-cask-14-years/

    Nose: sweet, with buttery vanilla cake and yellow apples up front. Some creamy coconut, honey and toffee. Apricots and bananas. Golden raisins soaked in rum. Light leafy oak in the background. Rather fruity but I’m not getting the tropical notes that some seem to find here.
    Mouth: again creamy and full-bodied, with pureed banana, apple and sugarcane juice. Now added hints of pineapple on syrup. Vanilla again, with sweet oak and cloves.
    Finish: medium, oaky, on orange peel, vanilla and freshly sawn oak.

    It feels slightly engineered but that’s the only real complaint. You have to like very sweet and creamy whisky though.

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The alcohol content is well below 50%, probably even below 46% I guess. A sherry barrel was probably there. Mouth and Departure are so light that I type on a Bladnoch or an Irishman, the age I lay between 12 and 15 years. blind tasting
    • Nose
      Very sweet, apricot, vanilla, orange, a bit of woodruff, now comes a little sour, a counterpoint to the sweetness of the beginning, lemon, overall very fruity
    • Taste
      Very soft onset with a very light, almost watery body, the fruits return, but not as intense as in the nose, orange is in the foreground, plus some tangerine, a touch of oak, sweet
    • Finish
      Sweet and gentle, a little oak, the memory of the fruits of the mouth and nose, medium long

  3. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    nice easy drinking for a poker night
    • Nose
      quite easy to feel no alcohol, fine fruity and nutty notes, one could imagine a slight bacardi note very subliminally. round and soft
    • Taste
      here clearly nuttier and yet a fairly full body for the 43%. However, quite one-dimensional.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the barrel wort predominates with herbs, the finish is rather medium long but nice and warm

  4. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An exotic-fruity single malt as I had not yet in the glass. If you are looking for the raisin rum chocolate or just want to find the classic rum flavor in whisky will not find it here. It is a soft, creamy and full-bodied Balvenie. The aromatic spice is an ideal counterpoint to the exotic fruits, creating a harmonious balance and balance. Absolutely recommendable - 08.04.2017
    • Nose
      Pretty sweet and pleasant first nose, tropical fruits stand out prominently, definitely not the classic apple and pear nose, here are mango, passion fruit, avocado, pineapple, some toffee and even coconut are noticeable in the background, creamy-light
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy, slightly peppery, oily, avocado, nut aromas, ripe grapes, vanilla, panna cotta, aromatic oak spicy without significant bitterness
    • Finish
      medium

  5. Glenfarclas-Fan scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Pleasant whisky
    • Nose
      fresh and light, ripe exotic fruits, rum, vanilla
    • Taste
      Honey, pear, again rum
    • Finish
      medium long, a bit spicy, a pleasant sweetness stays longer

  6. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The use of dunnage warehousing has added a pleasant note in both the smell and taste. There seems to be a bit of batch variation.My first dram of this, a year ago, was musty and unpleasantly bitter. My latest was very pleasant and enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Oak with caramel, mixed fruits, vanilla. With 5 minutes, vanilla and darker rum, and an earthy note (dunnage).
    • Taste
      Oak, soft fruit, vanilla, and the dark rum.

      Pleasant earthiness with baking spices.
    • Finish
      Soft fruits and caramel.

  7. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A nice whisky, easy to enjoy and yet with its own character. All components fit together harmoniously. I am positively surprised.
    • Nose
      Citrus, lime, lemon, orange, honey, vanilla and caramel, followed by a hint of nuts, almonds and raisins
    • Taste
      Again citrus, but less sour and fresh than in the nose, malt, and again nuts
    • Finish
      Light oak, at least medium long, sweet and only slightly bitter

  8. SweetPeat scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I would have expected something more heavy syrup sweetness and fruitiness. That it is a Balvenie, I would have recognized blind in any case, the Rumfinish but never. I'm a bit disappointed with this.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Honey, some flowery vanilla, oak, rum I do not think (blind I typed on the Doublewood 12), later comes some orange / tangerine and very light molasses
    • Taste
      81 81
      sweet, vanilla, oak, honey, now comes some rum, fruit I do not think, leaves a Balvenie-typical alcoholic tingling, little oak
    • Finish
      80 80
      medium (4/10) and spicy

  9. Falnor scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    A very friendly and easy malt with emphasis on sweetness. The percentage is low enough and little to none raw edges. Because of this, I find it also somewhat boring. Nothing wrong and it can make lot's of people happy, but it's just too much sugar coated.
    • Nose
      73 73
      Plain vanilla, honey and caramel. Well the start of any malt. Mapple sirop, cane sugar with pastry and cake. Coconut cookies, the filling of an oreo and twinkies.
      Pff, with that writen, this looks like a winner for the sweet tooth.
    • Taste
      74 74
      There is enough honey to be found. Mashed banana, also lot's of abricot and apple. Somehow this is more fruit and citrus like and less sugar/ cake as was the nose.
    • Finish
      72 72
      The sweetness remains till the end. Brown sugar, caramel sweets,

  10. Glenfarclas-Fan scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    The Balvenie was the first Carribbean cask-finished I tried in Edinburgh two years ago. He still leads the list of rum-matured whiskys for me.
    I associate this pronounced fresh, fruity smell and taste with the Caribbean.

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