Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Cask Finish
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L2Z 6217 1702
Added on
31 May 2015 5:34 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 50,03

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234 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.81 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Administrator

    The Balvenie range has a rather good reputation compared to the mass-produced Glenfiddich. Their 12-year-old 'Double Wood' expression greets the nose with juicy oranges, creamy vanilla and hints of marzipan - very harmonic and distinctly elegant. Tastewise, the spicy arrival builds up steadily before turning honey-sweet and nutty. Altogether, it appears spirity and thin (too low ABV). The finish is swift and mildly bitter with notes of milk chocolate and cinnamon. A decent but not very exciting Single Malt that is begging for a higher bottling strength.

    RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. Butei scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    This is a nice straight forward whisky. Not particularly special, but still a dram you can drink at any given moment. So, if you have enough of the complex & overpriced whisky's thrown at you feet these days, pour yourself a glass of this Balvenie. The price is right as well. You won't regret it. No, I don't have shares.

  3. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Colour: amber.
    Nose: sweet with apples, honey, oak, dried fruits, christmas cake, spices, apple peel, vanilla, furniture varnish and caramel notes.
    Mouth: sweet and dry with apples, light honey, oak and spices notes.
    Finish: middle, sweet, spicy and dry with apples and vanilla notes.
    The Balvenie 12YO DoubleWood is well balanced, smooth and simple whisky. It could be a good choice for daily drinking. I gave 81 points.

  5. djmaxliving scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Nose - The nose seems to dissipate rather quickly, leaving a strong green apple, honey, vanilla, light fire smoke with some spice and wood characters. Quite harsh at first.

    Mouth - Strong spice, green apple, menthol, oak and wood sap.

    Finish - Oak and fennel smoke .

    Thoughts - Had to give this whisky plenty of time of open up, first night it was extremely aggressive. But tonight after leaving in the glass for about 2/3 hours, has toned it down. I know Balvenie 12 can be good, but this bottle is not what I remember. 78 from tonight's tasting, give me a week ago, it would be around 74/75

  6. redsnapper scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    great beginner whisky
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry (albeit light), vanilla, fruity, some cinnamon.
    • Taste
      82 82
      pleasant, not peppery, creamy, again sherry and some vanilla / caramel. chocolate
    • Finish
      80 80
      pretty short. Again, chocolate

  7. jeoff scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

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

  8. KOQ24 scored this whisky 68 points Member Senior

    Oranges,Oloroso Sherry,Caramel,Spices,Apples,Raisins,
    Vanilla,Pears,malty,Honey-coated Cashew,

    Oak,Caramel,Milk Chocolate,Vanilla,Raisins,
    roasted Almonds,Oranges,Spices

    Short and smooth

    A good Malt at the upscale Entry Level.
    Aroma & Taste are not too complex but really nice.
    It's biggest weakness is it's lacking viscosity and short Finish.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      60 60

  9. larswehmeier scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant Easy Dram.
    • Nose
      Very pleasant, slightly sherry Töniger first Eidnruck. Sweet plums and raisins. A few nuts. Some milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Mild and creamy. Bright chocolate. Cinnamon nuts. Delicious.
    • Finish
      Mild finish that dries pretty quickly

  10. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84


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