Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
82.45/100
votes
370
Whiskybase ID
WB46604
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
DoubleWood
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask Finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label
Added on
24 nov 2013 5:29 pm

Average value

€ 48.72

18 × in wishlist

370 × member ratings

1192 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

31 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.45 points.

  1. Saftkenner scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nice entry-level whisky, which can especially inspire with its fruity nose. She reminds me a bit of the 15 year old Redbreast. Unfortunately, it cannot keep up in the mouth.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is a bit reserved at first. With increasing warmth it opens and releases fruity aromas.
      Honeydew melon, lemon, papaya, heather, honey, some vanilla, wine gum (tropical fruits).
    • Taste
      80 80
      A little too hot for 43% and also a little unbalanced. Sweetness and acidity alternate. Honey, lime, wine gum (see above), vanilla, melon, little glue.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to medium-length finish. The sweet, artificial tropical wine notes remain. Interesting!

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  3. _Dziki_ scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Smells of sherry, wood, vanilla, acceptable level, but not one of my favorite bottles.

  4. emersonmpls scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Nose: Honey and vanilla, fruits and nuttiness.

    Palate: More honey on the tip of the tongue. Sweet brioche, hazelnut, and dried fruits. Raisins, vanilla, and a splash of cinnamon.

    Finish: Sweet spice & vanilla. It’s warming & comforting.

    Conclusion: Perfect for a summer evening, or really any occasion. This whisky was my first love & I’ll keep it on my shelf as long as they keep making it. Bless you, David Stewart.

  5. Taribo scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. IIIZIII scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2022.05.25
    • Nose
      Humid, honeyed. Acacia and mild forest honey.
    • Taste
      Slightly bitter, rum raisins
    • Finish
      Mid length, but the 43% certainly helps a lot, Lingers mostly on the bitter oak notes.

  7. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Suitable for beginners and experts.

  8. hafssol scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Always very enjoyable Speyside single malt. The double wood passing makes it smooth and gives it round, sweet finish. Average whisky form Speyside region, which doesn't mean no good, at all.

  9. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Aroma: Sweet fruits and Oloroso Sherry notes, with honey and vanilla.
    Taste: soft and mild. Followed by nutty sweetness, cinnamon and a fine layer of sherry.
    Finish: Long and warm.

  10. Highlander65 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts mainly fruity, then sweet cream and light vanilla, perhaps also butter and honey, but the ripe fruit is always present. Medium-bodied on the palate, sweet but without excess, fruity and quite spicy, slightly tannic but not disturbing at all. Long and fruity finish.
    Whisky not very complex but good and well balanced. The predominance of fruity notes does not put it at the top of my preferences.

  11. Squinugie scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  12. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Well balanced. A great standard for me, with which nothing can go wrong.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. mer1973 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  14. dram_on scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    I almost totally stayed away from whisky after finishing this one ... 

  15. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  16. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Bright fruits. Something sherry. Honey, flowers.
    • Taste
      Fruity. Oranges and some honey. Nutty.

  17. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The smell is somewhat less powerful than the final taste (body) and finish. A sweet but also spicy whisky, not very complex but still have a huge weakness for this dram.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Not a very complex whisky, but the balance of the flavors is correct. Sweet, but also spicy, gives the whisky character.
    • Nose
      Sultanas, raisins, honey, nuts
    • Taste
      Sweet, vanilla, hints of (milk) chocolate. Also, crusty, cinnamon, nuts
    • Finish
      Medium, spicy, sweet, chocolate. Bit dry.

  20. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. славон scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  23. fabianno1234 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  24. squaadgras scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  25. jhut scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    With in-laws
    • Nose
      Lichte turf, fris fruit. Sherry. 
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry. Feels slightly syrupy in the mouth, has some caramel like. Light peat. Nice soft whisky.
    • Finish
      Average, not very long

  26. Cast Olila scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Dionysus scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      77 77

  28. whiskymonkey scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    One of the least preferred whiskies that I have tasted. It is just bland, the nose is weak, very hard to identify anything, the taste is sherry, ok, but quite flat. Adding water, in the hope to release some complexity, does not do anything. Just a watered down version of a watery whisky. Finish: Nope, sorry.

    I don't know how Balvenie can make great, expensive whiskies like the Tun's, but then this....

    Try it after a Karuizawa or some other sherry bomb (ok, maybe not supposed to do so....) and you really think you have water in your glass.

  29. Zumbar scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  30. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  31. Georges scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Georges scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Spicy, roasted nuts, oranges
    • Taste
      Dried fruit, spicy arrival, then sweet caramel and vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium long, caramel

  33. ricallende scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      74 74

  34. angelus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

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