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Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.72/100
votes
217
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
DoubleWood
Bottled
17.02.2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask Finish
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L2Z 6217 1702
Barcode
5010327505138
Added on
31 May 2015 5:34 pm by RoyC
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 45,43

217 × member ratings

620 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.72 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. redsnapper scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    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

  4. jeoff scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

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

  5. KOQ24 scored this whisky 68 points Member Senior

    Nose:
    Oranges,Oloroso Sherry,Caramel,Spices,Apples,Raisins,
    Vanilla,Pears,malty,Honey-coated Cashew,
    Mint,Oak,Chocolate,Leather

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

    Finish:
    Short and smooth

    Overall:
    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

  6. 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

  7. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It doesn't always need to be old, great or complex to be good.
    • Nose
      Elegant sherry oak nose. Some spices and hint of oranges in a vanilla tub.
    • Taste
      Smooth, creamy arrival with a Little more body than expected from the nose. Some nutty notes and the oranges from the nose. Nutmeg and cinnamon and lots of honey and vanilla. A good bourbon influence.
    • Finish
      Good sweet and warming finish.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    Rather light but drinkable
    • Nose
      Intense, fresh, fruity, citrus fruits, red apples, red currant, hints of vanilla, whiffs of butterscotch
    • Taste
      Creamy, butter, toffee, nutty, fruity, subtle sweetness, rather reluctant wood notes
    • Finish
      Medium short, just little spicy, peppery

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