Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Cask Finish
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
14 Jan 2009 5:09 pm

Average value

€ 44.54

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1211 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

92 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.63 points

  1. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Sensible, delicious malt. Nice nose with an interesting shade of a flooded wooden hut. Cozy one or something.
    • Nose
      Bright and ripe, sweet red apple, dry bananas and dried apricots, vanilla and the smell of a heated wooden hut.
    • Taste
      Honey, more tart woody shades are added, vanilla with pepper.
    • Finish
      Rich, the sweetness of ripe apples, malt and astringency of a piece of wood.

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: mild sherry sweetness, honey, ripe citrus fruits, oranges.
    Taste: medium bodied, well rounded, citrusfruits, fruitcake, some mild chocolate and sherry notes.
    Finish: medium length, warming sweetness, walnuts, honied liquorice.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

  5. WhiskyRates_by_Tommy scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    don't like the wine cask finish. In chinese we call it YOU NI!!!

  6. Valérie scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. lucero scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. YD84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      75 75

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Now situated inside Balvenie's tasting room we try the core range, a range which shows off the wood finishes that Balvenie's master distiller Dave Stewart has been utilising for decades. These were initially tasted blind, revealed one at a time. First up, a classic.

    N: This has to be the Doublewood, one of the most consistent malts around. It smells as always, like a soft fluffed-up malty pillow with a soft sour-sweet yeasty citrus profile.

    T: Sweet and floury-fluffy popcorn-like honey malt with a super-soft [Egyptian] cotton mouthfeel.

    F: Soft comforting dry and not a hint of astringency.

    C: This is right up there with the best batches I've had in the last 15 years. This is my benchmark for Balvenie's contemporary distillery profile.

  10. volker40sw scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in 2016


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