Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 5:03 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 56.22

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

58 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.07 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Super 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. Gloin scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The smell is pleasant, stimulating, but not particularly complex. I like it anyway. However, it is too thin in the mouth, both in consistency and taste. The exit is also too one-sided.
    All in all, the whisky doesn't do anything wrong, but it doesn't do a lot either really well. One-sided whiskys can also appeal, but that requires more intensity. Unfortunately, there is a lack of both intensity and complexity.
    You can drink it on the side, but if you concentrate on it, it shows too little.
    • Nose
      Orange, slightly spicy, a little lime, a hint of woodruff, caramel
    • Taste
      light body, somewhat watery despite a noticeable start, again orange, a little oak spice
    • Finish
      orange again, a little more oak, medium length

  4. Chesterfield scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, vanilla, honey, orange jam
    • Taste
      Sherry, sweet, malt, orange, slightly nutty
    • Finish
      Long and warm, spicy

      Very balanced

  6. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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


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