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

€ 42,41

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

89 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.57 points

  1. pdby 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. lucero scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  4. YD84 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  5. 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.

  6. volker40sw scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in 2016

  7. SRB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Emperor69 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Color: light brown (there is a dye).
    Body: liquid.
    Nose: surprisingly beautiful and delicate. The main dominant here is honey with the theme of baking, bakery products (to be more precise, I "smelled" apple charlotte and oatmeal cookies). Cotton candy, candy, vanilla, cinnamon, milk chocolate continue this confectionery theme. Sherry finish, although short in time (only 9 months), but also plays a role, enriching the aroma with tones of ripe plums, red apples, green grapes or grape juice and yellow orange. It should be noted that the saturated, heavy tones of dried fruits, usually characteristic for sherry butts extracts, do not bulge here, but are organically woven into the overall aromatic structure.
    Taste: it makes an overall pleasant impression, but it is rather mundane, it lacks completeness and texturing and to be honest is too watery. At first we feel grape juice, milk chocolate, plums, orange, apples, sweet white wine, a little walnuts; then comes a little bitterness of cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg; it ends with a bit of dried fruit.
    Aftertaste: warming, medium duration. Ginger, apples, grapes.

    In general, we can summarize that this is the most refined, elegant release among the junior regulars of Spacead, with a surprisingly beautiful and pleasant nose, which, however, lacks fullness, strength in taste (but you can’t refuse the balance of it) and the duration of the aftertaste.

  9. BestOfWest scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  10. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Round, fruity, balanced sherry whisky with strong wood tannins. Not bad.


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