Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
81.84/100
votes
1647
Whiskybase ID
WB5943
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
DoubleWood
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask Finish
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010327505138
Added on
14 jan 2009 5:09 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.90

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

117 users have left 123 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.84 points.

  1. Ben Bruikman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A very nice affordable whisky. This is also a good whisky for the novice whisky drinker, no peat and not too high in alcohol. The color is amber.
    • Nose
      83 83
      On the nose it is beautiful and opulent with aromas of sherry and citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is full, smooth with the aromas of the sherry, citrus fruits and some herbs.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is long with a warm, with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

  2. MarcinCh scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  3. ZLako scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This is a quite nice beginners or everyday dram for people who like quality but wouldn't want to overspend.

  4. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/xYrwwwUiARU
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. face scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. joeynoreen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. EricLeeee scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    81/100
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. niggy1813 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    An orange in a nutshell? Sounds just like a phrase but describes this whisky as its best. That is also what comes to mind if you hear about The Balvenie 12 years Double Wood. You immediately smell orange, nuts and honey even if none of that is there nearby. It is not for nothing that it appears in many of these "The best ... whiskies" books. A great standard malt that every whisky lover should have tried.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Dominated by fruits, especially orange, connected with walnut, strawberry, fresh honey and oaky spices. After some time the background notes are appearing with lemon and cloves.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Decent start, neither too strong nor too smooth, both in good balance. The taste also reveals orange together with nuts, honey and many more spices. Nicely oily on the palate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Stays a bit more than mid long. Remains again fruity, spicy and a bit sweet. At the end, it's especially the orange that remains in the memory.

  9. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  10. Will_iam scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Osir1es scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    excellent whisky, must try
    • Nose
      sweet, honey, vanilla, citruses, some chocolate, more honey, creaminess
    • Taste
      fatty, dense, sweet, honey, vanilla, caramel
    • Finish
      sweet, medium

  12. bankimate scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  13. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Suitable for beginners and experts.

  14. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    The taste score is 82 points, and the price is deducted by 1 point, for a total of 81 points.

  15. MarcinCh scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet. Lots of caramel. Lots of orange fruit. Peaches. Burnt sugar. Vanilla.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet. Caramel. Vanilla. Spices. Black pepper. Roasted brown sugar. Creamy.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Sweet. Creamy. Caramel. Vanilla. Sweet cream. Little spices.

  16. Don Cassi scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Fruity honey sweetness with a hint of vanilla in the nose.

    The sherry unfolds in the mouth with spicy nutty notes in the background.

    The short, slightly bitter and alcoholic finish does not do justice to the foreplay and prevents a higher rating

    Grade: 2-

  17. MrDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 84pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The nose has a profile of soft sherry sweetness with notes of ripe red apples, vanilla bakery and dried bananas.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is well balanced and quite sweet with notes of sugary citrus fruits, caramel, spicy oak and apricots.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is medium lenght and has a nice lingering fruitiness with notes of vanilla and dried fruits.

  18. tribe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Solid standard paint. It was once my bang for the bug. Silky to drink, hardly edgy and very round. Sherry share is clearly noticeable, something was still possible on the finish
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  19. MLE scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  20. dimitrios scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  21. riegerjonas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    2021-01-02
    • Nose
      bread, marzipan, caramel, sherry sweetness
    • Taste
      pleasant sweetness, very tasty, light spiciness, maybe a bit thin

  22. Leessang scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  23. Finn2206 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Easy drinking whisky, floral, fresh fruits and a bit of sherry

  24. noelc scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet, sherry and smokey, intrigues me with spice hint. While it's not 'special'. It has a nice smell and promises a scotch with depth and complexity
    • Taste
      79 79
      Starts smokey, then comes sherry. All very good. The spices are there as well which comfirms the complexity. Then it there is a honey taste which keeps getting stronger. It really dropped down my score from 85 to 79 :/
    • Finish
      76 76
      Spices and honey. Overall I like this one, but the aftertaste of honey is too much for me unfortunately.

  25. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Strawberry, a little earth, blackberries, a few grasses, honey, caramel, some wood, nuts, blackberries, dried fruits
    • Taste
      Strawberries, blackberries, some chocolate, some lime, some grapefruit, a little pepper

  26. DramRol scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Basic daily dram, honey and vanilla on the nose, herbal and grassy on the palate

  27. Igitor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. Gweddry scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sherry, red fruit, red orange, tanned oak, marshmallow, sweet orange
    • Taste
      honey, sherry, cornflakes, light bourbon, vanilla, oranges
    • Finish
      dark chocolate, oak, caramel

  29. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  30. DannyDram scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Easy, pleasing. Malt, fruit, roasted aromas, spicy.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  31. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Orange, apple, honey, strawberry, very light earth, a few grasses, peach, every now and then a little older wood comes through
    • Taste
      Peach, apple, strawberry, lemon, lime, very minimal coffee

  32. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  33. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

  34. DrunkDude scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Valérie scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  36. lucero scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  37. YD84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  38. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/on-location-balvenie/

    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.

  39. claymore84 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in 2016

  40. SRB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Emperor69 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Color: light brown (there is a dye).
    Body: fluid.
    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, marshmallow, vanilla, cinnamon, milk chocolate continue this confectionery theme. Sherry finish, although short in time (only 9 months), but also plays its role, enriching the aroma with tones of overripe plums, red apples, green grapes or grape juice and yellow orange. I would like to note that the rich, heavy tones of dried fruits, usually characteristic of sherry butts aging, do not stick out here, but are organically woven into the overall aromatic structure.
    Taste: Overall a pleasant impression, but it is rather mundane, lacking fullness and texture, and to be honest, too watery. In the beginning we smell grape juice, milk chocolate, plums, orange, apples, sweet white wine, a little bit of walnuts; then comes a slight bitterness of cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg; ends with a bunch of dried fruit.
    Finish: warming, medium length. Ginger, apples, grapes.

    In general, it can be summed up that this is the most sophisticated, elegant release among the junior regulars of Speysad, with a surprisingly beautiful and pleasant nose, which, however, lacks fullness, strength on the palate (but you can’t refuse the balance of it, however), and length in the aftertaste.

  42. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Sweet ripe red apple with vanilla, dried bananas, wooden hut and dried apricots.

    RATING: 85pts - [n21,t22,f21,b21] → |83-85: Decent|

  43. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  44. SweetPeat scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    I like it better than the first time
    • Nose
      immediately sweet honey, rape field, subtle sherry, some chocolate, light coffee notes and later hazelnuts
    • Taste
      Lots of oak, intense and spicy. Then sweet, vanilla and honey, it remains a slight tingle on the tongue, could be oak or alcohol.
    • Finish
      Medium (5/10) and spicy with some floral honey scent

  45. whiskyd scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  46. dRambo scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  47. PedroXiménez94 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    In my eyes always a bit too positive.
    • Nose
      Very fruity nose. Reminiscent of orange jam. In addition a strong walnut note. Fresh fruit notes, possibly apple juice. Alcohol more clearly after a while. In addition, eventually comes the oak.
    • Taste
      Very fruity and sweet. Relatively soft. The nuts are also found in the taste again. In addition a certain bitterness altogether rather thin, almost watery on the tongue.
    • Finish
      medium. Tannins and slightly sour. Butter in the aftertaste.

  48. Falnor scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    It's a nice and easy to please entry to Balvenie. Still a good one.
    • Nose
      Quite easy and an inviting nose. Light and sweet. Honey, a malt core with citrus fruits. More towards orange than lemons.
    • Taste
      Well honey remains big. With gingerbread, cornflakes, brioche and lots of cake. Some milkchocolate and orange. Can get a little nutty in the end.
    • Finish
      Short on hay, walnut, cinnamon and citrus.

  49. Kontra scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  50. jankes scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  51. Collegiate scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A basic malt with notes of sweet honey and some vanilla.  Very light body. The finish is inoffensive and passes before you know it.  Ridiculous pricing in my region ($95 Cdn.)   Probably a good starter malt for newbies, but hard to get excited about for a whisky geek.

  52. Lorion scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Okay, nice for beginners. It's nice to smell the bourbon and sherry character. 78th
    • Nose
      Vanilla and subtle sherry aromas are pleasantly interwoven. Honey, subtle oak.
    • Taste
      Soft, a bit thin. Light sherry appeal, honey sweetness, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Not very long.

  53. SilentBeing did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A good whisky to explain to your friends how to get the most out of your whisky experience. If you simply sip and swallow you will mostly get the oaky bitterness. You need to get the spirit round in your mouth to truly pick up the orange and chocolate flavours. This was one of my first whiskies and as a result of the above I didn’t like it at first.

    Overall a very good whisky with enough personality to stand out without being exceptional.

    87/100 (works best neat)
    • Nose
      Sweet oranges and malt/barley-notes with light vanilla and honey. A floral overtone that accentuates when adding water.
    • Taste
      Arrival with oranges and a peppery spiciness, followed by dark chocolate. A delicate layer of honey and vanilla throughout.
    • Finish
      Medium long with a deep chocolate flavour slowly turning into slightly bitter oak as the remaining spiciness and sweetness fades.

  54. Zoltavar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  55. Allandale scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A rich medium body.
    • Nose
      Sherry anf orange skins.
    • Taste
      Beautifully combined mellow flavours: nutty,sweet, sherry, very orange fruitiness, heather, cinnamon spiciness.
    • Finish
      Long, tingling, Very warming.

  56. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      79 79

  57. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    overhyped and overpriced ($56) here
    in my country yet overall it’s nothing special
    • Nose
      aromatic wood, sherry, light fruits, dark
      honey, nuts, some citrus
    • Taste
      vanilla, caramel, syrupy light
      fruits, wood spice with a touch of cinnamon
    • Finish
      short-medium, light, nutty,
      oranges, peach, light woodsy caramel at the back

  58. Andytka3 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

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

  59. TheWhiskyAgent scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    Delicate nose with Vanilla, Toffee, dried Apricots and Dates. There is malty notes as well and a floral overtone. On the pallate it’s really quite thin, again some Vanilla and Toffee. No more fruits but there is a fizzyness from the oak. With water the Whisky noses similar but there is a grassy layer appearing now. A little like cut grass in the process of drying. Feels more astringent and there is even less deph now. Long and somewhat drying finnish. I would not advise adding water, but I would recommend bottling at a higher ABV though!

  60. Albaron scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    An ex-bourbon barrel aged whisky, not strong alcohol, probably 40 or at most 43% alcohol. Delicious, could be a Glenlivet. At least it goes in the direction of the aroma, of the Glenlivets I had so far. Estimate times middle age so about 15 years.

    Notes created during a blind tasting
    • Nose
      Malty, oranges, a little vanilla, a touch of herbs
    • Taste
      Malty, fresh oranges, the herbs are stronger, very little vanilla, some toffee cream and honey, very mild
    • Finish
      The herbal spice changes into oak tannins

  61. Markie81 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  62. yggr scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

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

  63. peterjpvanas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    colour: amber-caramel, clearly influenced by sherry cask

    Nose: dried fruit, sweet, honey, vanilla (from American Oak)

    Taste: still strong on dried fruits, some cinnamon, Nutty, 

    Finish: nice and long, rather balanced, rich in fruit flavours

    Like the bottle of Balvenie
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  64. Koalafant scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    For me a disappointment!
    • Nose
      Apricot, peach, flowery, light oak
    • Taste
      Subtle note of dry sherry, fruity, fresh, light sweetness
    • Finish
      slightly peppery, medium long

  65. whiskybros scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Balvenie-12yo-Doublewood/c21kp/571629c10cf2dd6f7fc5ae51
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  66. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Well, 40% are just weak ...
    • Nose
      Malt, hazelnut, honey, vanilla, sherry accents
    • Taste
      Light, vanilla, sweetness, light oak, some malt, nuttiness, some cinnamon & orange from sherry
    • Finish
      short to medium long, sherry-tinted malt, sweetie

  67. Tobs1991 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  68. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    A great, uncomplicated and yet not too one-dimensional Malt which I could successfully make even whisky skeptics tasty. Deductions are available for a thin 40% as well as the coloring. Overall, but a delicious whisky, you can ask for the current price as an easy-drinking bottle wonderful shelf.
    • Nose
      Dark chocolate, vanilla, and caramel, very sweet
    • Taste
      Also very sweet and round, to the chocolate and vanilla notes join sherry and a few cherries and dark forest honey, in the background a little cinnamon, a great aroma composition
    • Finish
      Relatively short, the chocolate sweets fades to some oak and is quite quickly disappeared completely. Since you would like to take another sip directly.

  69. domani scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A round and balanced Single Malt - 17.04.2014
    • Nose
      A light touch of sherry, roasted aromas, nuts, honey sweetness, bright fruits, lemon
    • Taste
      Full, very oily, slightly fruity, some honey
    • Finish
      medium

  70. Gonathras did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Balvenie 12 yo 'DoubleWood' (40%, OB, +/-2015) An expression that we like to follow every two or three years. Now’s the time. Colour: gold. Nose: fine, easy, relatively earthy, with raisins, malt, a touch of PX, and drops of cough syrup. A little honey as well, high-honey-content gingerbread, but rather less oranges than usual. Mouth: very malty, then raisiny, with a little earthy oak and natural chocolate (no supermarket junk by multinationals… err… excuse me). Enjoy this leafiness as well. Finish: short, but pleasantly grassy/oaky and malty. Ovaltine and green tea. Coffee in the aftertaste. Comments: strictly nothing to complain about, and last time I checked, the price was fair. Perhaps is this expression becoming a little drier, having said that. SGP:451 – 80 points.

  71. Mephisto scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      76 76

  72. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  73. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  74. Sandman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 27-8-2014
    • Nose
      Raisins, sherry, sweet fruit, honey and vanilla
    • Taste
      Honey, fruitcake, slightly spicy and geoiled oak
    • Finish
      Medium, dry and spicy

  75. fileosoph scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  76. karloff scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    This was a nice whisky, but given it's reputation, I was expecting a lot more. I thought it was rather overrated.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  77. malthead-sven scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    very balanced, lovely aroma, but the finish is its strength
    • Nose
      The much-cited oranges are immediately there, to vanilla, a little peach, if you go further away from the glass is later sweet pastries
    • Taste
      first sweet and full-bodied, but stronger on the tongue
    • Finish
      wonderfully warm and long, clear oak

  78. lupowolf63 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  79. Master Quill scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Score is a mean of two batches:

    2012: 82 Points

    2014: 83 Points

  80. sopie scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

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

  81. stevil scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    I found this to be generic, it had nothing (to me) that made it stand out.  There are many other whiskies that taste basically the same.  I am not saying it was bad, it just wasn't anything special.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      76 76

  82. Archer scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  83. Goethe scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Honey-vanilla-malt-a-touch-of-sherry-mix.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Orange, vanilla, caramel, a touch of sherry, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Oak, almond, bitter honey, honey melon, vanilla, cinnamon, floral, a touch of sherry covers it all.
    • Finish
      Medium. Sweet honey und vanilla.

  84. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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

  85. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    *) In the first time, the freshly opened bottle, the alcoholic note was too strong for me. Only after I allowed him to breathe in the glass for about 20-30 minutes, this strong alcohol note was gone. Now towards the end and with decreasing fill level this got better.
    Otherwise, the Double Wood is a pleasant entry-level whisky treat.
    • Nose
      first a slightly alcoholic note *, a little new oak furniture, orange oil, creamy honey, a trace of caramel pudding that becomes more and more clear over time, always accompanied by some sherry in the background
    • Taste
      sweetish, slightly tingling on the tongue, bitter almond easily passes through, dark caramel and subliminal orange
    • Finish
      medium-long, slightly sweet at first and gets a little drier, also here is a slight bitter almond noticeable, the sherry comes through a bit

  86. vb_bembel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  87. MrManners scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  88. Matt80 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Not a whisky I can really warm to. It seems decent enough but I don't understand the popularity. Highland Park 12 does a better job at the same price.
    • Nose
      A whiff of sherry but stronger honey and walnuts.
    • Taste
      Spicy, slightly watery mouth feel. A bitter edge to honey notes. Gets increasingly sweeter with water.
    • Finish
      Medium length of bitter spice.

  89. WhiskyCask did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    One of the better entry level whiskies on the market, with one flaw keeping it from true greatness. See my full review here:
    http://maltandoak.com/balvenie-12-doublewood-excellent-entry-level-expression/

  90. Shane_IL scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    In some markets this whisky can be over priced due to the brand popularity, but a good speyside malt nonetheless. Not my favourite, but a great daily dram is you're into this type of whisky. 
    • Nose
      A strong malt note, some woods supporting it. Some fruitiness behind that. Cinnamon, apples, pears stewed in red wine.
    • Taste
      A hit of oakiness right off the bat, spicy vanilla toffee, something else that I can't put my finger on, possibly maple syrup.
    • Finish
      Deep, sweet, metallic finish  More stewed fruits, a hint of pepper or nutmeg. 

  91. Gloin scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      very fruity, red apple, orange, maybe raspberry, caramel, sweet, cinnamon
    • Taste
      Orange and caramel, very sweet, sweet, again cinnamon, no oak and no bitterness
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet, honey

  92. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  93. KaiB scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    • Nose
      Mild and sweet. Sherry.
      No smoke, no peat.
    • Taste
      Still very sweet, honey notes.
      A little spicy and oak feel.
    • Finish
      Very mild, medium long. A little warming. No burning.

  94. dave3 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  95. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Balvenie Double Wood Tasted 2014-07-20 @ WhiskyInteam Spaden Orange, light cinnamon, sweet, long finish - very good
    80

  96. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Loads of flavors in this one, a true speyside character malt. 
    • Nose
      Sweet honey, honey melon, sweet pears, vanilla, vanilla fudge, creme brûlée. 
    • Taste
      Honey all over again, with subtle spices, some fresh and dried fruits. Melon and pears again, vanilla and maybe some overripe golden delicious apples? the sherry influences are definitely in the background when it comes to flavor. 
    • Finish
      Medium in length, quite sweet vanilla and honey and a hint of smoke in the finish with some black pepper. Not far from the Cragganmore 12 year old finish. This is a good entry level malt.

  97. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  98. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  99. Wild Thing scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, Orange & Vanilla + Fruity Sherry.
    • Taste
      Full of flavor with some oak honey sweet cinnamon and chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium long and sweet.

  100. ducksingel scored this whisky 81 points Editor

    The body is too thin. But a good whisky to serve to your not whisky adept friends.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  101. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    S: Caramel smell with vanilla mixed in and some green/fresh fruit. Also some spices.
    T:More caramel/vanilla. Less then the Signature, though. Somewhat thick and oily. Some sweet honey as well. Lovely!
    F: The caramel/vanilla continues. More honey now and the spices return. Medium long.

    An excellent whisky! Different enough from the Signature to justify buying it, too.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  102. Angelos scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A Beginner's Malt!
    • Nose
      Sweet and mild sherry, some vanilla and cherries, burnt brown sugar in the nose
    • Taste
      Soft alcohol on the tounge, memories of an Auchentoshan 12, delicious fruits like oranges and spices like cinnamon on the palate
    • Finish
      Medium with some forest honey and caramel

  103. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N: sweet malt, some syrup, vanilla, chocolate and mint
    T: medium spices, sweet apple and candy
    F: spices and coconut

  104. Furtia scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  105. Emilien206 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Pretty whisky

  106. Alex scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    One of the better entry level drams!
    • Nose
      Sweet and mellow, on dried fruits and honey. Also a floral edge.
    • Taste
      Honey sweet, cereals and sweet malty notes. Ripe apples. Nice mouthfeel and tasty.
    • Finish
      Medium long, half sweet and very pleasant.

  107. D3US scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Doublewood is one of the reasons that the Balvenie is one of my favorite distilleries. I can't fault this. A very easy whisky to drink, but a memorable one as well. You'll never find me without this whisky in my possession. 
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla and spice. Some clear oak, nice soft spices. Apples, oranges, malt. Burnt sugar or caramel. Something like dry grass.
    • Taste
      A bit thick, oily. A nice tingle and very nice sweetness of fruits, and more honey this time than vanilla. Cinnamon and malt as well. A quite lovely harmony of flavors here. Yum.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Warming. Spice, sweetness and soft, ripe fruits. Caramel, honey, and malt. Delicious till the end. 

  108. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Very good malt.
    • Nose
      Fruity nose (apple and pear), honey, sweet spices
    • Taste
      Creamy palate, with honey, fruits (apple, pear, citrus), nuts, quite spicy (pepper, cinnamon); Net influence of sherry
    • Finish
      Long and spicy, warm and woody finish. The malt dries a little at the end of the mouth.

  109. DanielT scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  110. DanielT scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Could be become my favourite.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, Honey
    • Taste
      Spicy. Pepper ?
    • Finish
      Long and tasty

  111. Iain scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Almost reminiscent of Yellow Chartreuse
    • Nose
      Warm, honey, slightly sweet -> sherry. Not a powerful scent
    • Taste
      Sweet, Honey, Fruit & Nut
    • Finish
      Spicy and Tingling

  112. Malthus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Also in luxery wooden case

  113. Jonkers scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, pear and a hint of sherry. Chocolate. Malty. Oak
    • Taste
      Sweet and a bit oily. Honey, fresh fruit and slightly peppery
    • Finish
      Medium. First a bit bitter, after that sweet with a hint of caramel

  114. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  115. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Delicious. One of my favourite whiskies!!!
    • Nose
      The skins of Seville oranges. The apricot note of Oloroso sherry.
    • Taste
      Beautifully combined mellow flavours: nutty, sweet, juicy sherry, very orangey fruitiness, heather, cinnamon. Very spicy.
    • Finish
      Long, tingling. Very warming.

  116. mmaclean scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This is one of the scotches you bring to a tasting party for the 12 year

    class. Its nice and gives you a sense of the barrel types and flavors

    that go with them.

  117. hsmithjr scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry.  Honey and vanilla.  Orange zest.  Sugar cookies.  Rather light.
    • Taste
      Fruity.  Sweet and spicy.  Honey again.  Sherry and some floral notes (heather).  
    • Finish
      Long and spicy.  Vanilla and ripe fruit.

  118. christophe_carles scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  119. tomy63 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Bourbon casks, then oloroso 6 to 12 months.
    • Nose
      sherry, citrus, honey and oranges
    • Taste
      sherry, orange, spices (walnut, cinnamon)
    • Finish
      long

  120. karloff scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    A nice malt for anyone wanting to start out. This was a gift off a mate and he was given it as a gift. His loss my gain.
    • Nose
      Nutty with hints of vanilla and Honey
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry
    • Finish
      Long and smooth

  121. Roel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nicely sweet and much richer as expected. The score – that is actually at 84.5 - remains at 85 points.
    • Nose
      Head start on fruity and milder flowery notes with also quite some sherry wood. Other impressions are: jam of tropical fruits, strawberry and raspberry, green leafs, caramel & vanilla fudge, honeyed sweetness.
    • Taste
      Now gets creamy and somewhat spiced by the (new oak?) wood (white pepper, some ginger perhaps?) and also more vinous (dry nutty oil) which probably comes from the sherry wood. This is all accompanied by rather meaty and leathery notes together with blackberries and maybe gooseberries too?
    • Finish
      Long vinous finish that is dry, woody and gently spiced.

  122. Robjohnston scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Pear, floral, fuity
    • Taste
      Pear and fruity
    • Finish
      Short and sharp

  123. Frederic Olivera scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Sherry
    • Taste
      Sherry, caramel, a little spacy
    • Finish
      Not too long, wood

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