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Balvenie 16-year-old

Overall rating
83.56/100
votes
484
Whiskybase ID
WB41838
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Triple Cask
Bottled
15.03.2013
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Oloroso + 1st fill Bourbon + Traditional
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L34X 4371 1503 L34X51982011
Barcode
5010327545073
Added on
09 may 2013 10:52 am
Colored

Average value

€ 123.02

38 × in wishlist

484 × member ratings

1692 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 16-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.56 points

  1. FeydRautha scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. Nazin scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    Nose: coconut, vanila, citruses, banana, red fruits, raisins. Taste: slightly smoky, oaky, vanila, citruses, creamy, peppery. Finisz short, slightly bitter.

  3. LeChiffre scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Fair enough; this one is quite rich and powerful for just 40% ABV
    • Nose
      Lime, tangerines, raspberry sawdust, coconut and fresh green herbs like basil. It’s nose is pleasant. Perfect to start a night of whisky with.
    • Taste
      Quite some oak influence. Nutmeg, sawdust, vanilla, dry oak. It’s fair to say this is wood driven. Some orange peel and marzipan.
    • Finish
      Rather short with mainly honey and vanilla. Some toasted oak with dry spices at the end.

  5. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a solid easy-drinking dram
    with too bitter
    • Nose
      Vanilla, pepper, a little lemon, later bananas and red fruits, raspberries become more, perfume (first lightly then a heavy one), sherry, light raisins, light oak, sweetness, light malt, lightly dark caramel
      minimal smoke
    • Taste
      oily and soft on the palate
      Grain, plums (puree), tart becomes more, Beeenmix (black and raspberry), slightly chemical note (so plastic), oak, raisins, sherry, spicy, becomes bitter
    • Finish
      medium long
      simple, light oak increases, sherry, tart, milk chocolate is coming, light coffee, very late it becomes bitter

  6. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 12-01-2018
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. P.K.S scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Disepointing compare to the price, å lot of toffe, sweet, spisey flaver, way to ligth, short finnish. IMHO

  8. Maltlife scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  9. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    measured by the price a disappointment. The 83P, which he enters here, are in my opinion completely justified. I prefer the 12y DW.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. face scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  11. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet; Sherry; Fruit; Malt; Vanilla; Honey; spices; Herbs; now also caramel
    • Taste
      Sweet; Vanilla, sherry; spices; Nut; Oak; Fruit; sometimes more fruit, sometimes less; caramel
    • Finish
      spices; Nut; Herbs; short oak; slightly dry, then oak again

  12. Kaysersdråber scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  13. namnug did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    No written during dram
    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey, oak
    • Taste
      vanilla sweet. With a hint of honey and spice
    • Finish
      short lasting vanilla and honey

  14. Luigisim scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  15. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Rich Balvenie in taste, but far away the disstillerys best.
    • Nose
      Raspberry, orange and tangerine, honey, vanilla, pepper and oak.
    • Taste
      Creamy vanilla, toffee, apricot and plum, citruses, oak, cinnamon and ginger.
    • Finish
      Medium length, oaky, fruity

  16. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Somewhat fuller than the 12-year-old. Yellow raisins, marzipan, orange blossom. Raspberries, blueberries, some wild mint.
    • Taste
      Lemon cake, honey, almonds. Some oak flavor and cocoa powder. Medium.

  17. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N- Multi-layer and charming, complex but not complicated. Very pleasant with no lack of aromas, very Balvenie indeed. Mint chocolate, lifted toffee with fresh orange, tangeline, plum and thin coat of wood.

    P- Balance with good weight despite at low strength. Boiled spices, figs and stewed fruits. Whiff of paper and wood plank lurking at the tail.

    F- Medium, more paper and bitterly herbs dominant, obvious tannin on the gum, return of oak. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. Wolv scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. славон scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Definitely a high-quality and delicious part, typical Balvenie: too weak, but a lot of potential. You could cry for the missing%.
    • Nose
      Nice aromatic, fruity, honey, light oak, raspberries & orange, nuts, lightest smoke, toffee
    • Taste
      Nice round, light spicyness but superimposed by the mixture of bourbon and sherry, orange, light plums, a little wild berries with earthy and dry oaky notes about it, unfortunately of course good 5% alcohol too little in taste
    • Finish
      Fruity with the light earth and very gentle pinch of pepper, orange peel and light plum remain, not long but delicious end

  22. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Boom! What immediate generosity! Gourmand, fruity, toffee, honey! He sometimes conjures up an Irishman. A mouth, a superb juicy pair of fruits and almond, the dilution is nevertheless very sensitive. It is not watery at all, but it lacks a bit of kick. Hyper flattering, super-drinkable. Short final.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  23. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  24. kot1803 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  26. drkrylov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  28. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A
    fragrant and delightful dram. Very smooth, with delicate vanilla and toffee
    sweetness from the bourbon casks, well balanced by the dark fruity flavours and
    warming spiciness of the sherry butts. A savoury and gentle malt - deep, rich and complex.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      The
      nose starts off with delicate notes of honey, vanilla, and toffee. Very treacly
      with pleasant flavours of dark fruit, raspberry in particular, mixed with
      gentle citric aroma and a whiff of pepper and lingering oak in the back. Rich
      and complex.
    • Taste
      Smooth
      and soft with a rich vanilla sweetness. Slightly sherry flavours and fruity
      notes of peaches and plums arrive, complemented by lingering toffee and a warm
      load of delicate spices - white pepper, caramelised ginger, nutmeg, oak and a
      fine whiff of cinnamon. Vibrant and voluptuous.
    • Finish
      The
      finish is long, warm and spicy with red berries, honey, toffee and a whiff of
      smoke on the tail.

      WITH WATER: Fresh on the nose with more yellow fruit’s coming through,
      complemented by soft and lingering vanilla and delicate honey. Water tames a
      bit of the spiciness bringing more vanilla sweetness and toffee to the fore.
      The finish is long, sweet and creamy with tender spiciness.

  29. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. ML89 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. maltaholic scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very nice smell, fruity, slightly vanilla, heavy sherry. It tastes very soft, relatively complex. But he is a bit in the shadow of the recently tested Kininvie, which still lingers ...

  32. Gronqvist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes from own bottle, June 2015.
    • Nose
      Rich and complex, sweet and fruity with notes of honey, vanilla, caramel, raspberry, nuts and light smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy with notes of caramel, toffee, orange, plum, peach, vanilla, a little sherry and some slightly bitter oak.
    • Finish
      Long, hot and spicy with red berries, citrus, caramel, fudge, mint and a hint of smoke.

  33. sopie scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very pleasantly surprised by this balvenie. Complex nose of everything you keep smelling. You do not expect taste explosive with 40% alcohol. Am pretty new and taste etc etc I can not yet say. Am happy to have bought 2 for a nice price
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  34. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasty like everything from Balvenie.
    • Nose
      Blueberry !? I have never had. Sweet sherry, some spices and honey.
    • Taste
      Light, fresh, sweet. Honey, could be a liquor.
    • Finish
      Seasoning tries to prevail against the honey, but it does not succeed.

  35. The Macallan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Nice touch of exotic fruit with vanillins and sweetness. Clearly age has calmed the youthness in this one. Loved it.

  36. alectron scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Single dram.
    • Nose
      Light, grassy, pear, vanilla,
    • Taste
      vanilla, bright wood, nutty
    • Finish
      Develops a nice oilyness

  37. Angelos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I don't know. My expectations were higher! It is still good whisky!
    • Nose
      Quite complex and sweet in the beginning, forest soil with moss?!.. caramel, dark forest honey and some kind of nuttiness (bitter nuts like hazelnut and walnut).. this forest soil turns into a slightly phenol peat, eucalytus appears with some drops of water
    • Taste
      Sweet caramel and lots of spiciness, again this forest style with moss, some mint and eucalyptus, interesting nuttiness the creamyness of macadamia and bitterness of hazelnuts
    • Finish
      Short and mild with some caramel and some unpleasant harshness

  38. Gronqvist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted and purchased in the Tax Free Shop, World Duty Free, at Heathrow Airport on the 19. April 2014.
    • Nose
      Rich and complex, sweet and fruity with notes of honey, vanilla, caramel, raspberry, nuts and light smoke. 
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy with notes of caramel, toffee, orange, plum, peach, vanilla, a little sherry and some slightly bitter oak. 
    • Finish
      Long, hot and spicy with red berries, citrus and mint.

  39. Wild Thing scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      First a delicate hint of vanilla, then fruity notes and honey sweetness followed by caramel. Now the vanilla comes through stronger. Above all lies very fine smoke.
    • Taste
      Spicy notes and soft oak followed by vanilla and caramel, spices and fruits. A little sherry. Will dry out very easily at the end.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy and incredibly warm, he goes down.

  40. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla, a hint of raspberries, honey and nuts
    • Taste
      wood, cherry, spices
    • Finish
      spices and cherry remain, citrus, mint and rosewater in the end

  41. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottler`s Note:

    The Balvenie Triple Cask range, which comprises 12 year old, 16 year old and 25 year old expressions, is created by combining The Balvenie that has matured in the three most traditional types of cask - first-fill bourbon, refill bourbon and sherry - in a large wooden vessel known as a marrying tun. These new marriages of The Balvenie are made to precise recipes refined over time by our Malt Master David Stewart to ensure that each captures the distillery`s distinctive rich, smooth and honeyed style.

  42. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by SCOMA:

    Nose: Rich and complex with hints of vanilla sweetness.

    Palate: Delicate fruits with toffee, oak tannin and mellow spice.

    Finish: Gentle and lingering.

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