Balvenie 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Handfilled - Distillery only
Stated Age
12 years old
First Fill Sherry Butt
62.7 % Vol.
200 ml
Warehouse 24
Added on
12 Oct 2015 7:59 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 35.00

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23 × member ratings

30 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.30 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    N: Stupidly strong and sherry heavy - dessert sweet and nutty with dark berry fruits and more complex touches on the periphery.
    T: Follows on from the nose, met by a heavy-handed cask. Too much water tends to cancel things out so add with care.
    F: Starts to soften and stretch out with some rubbery sponge. Long<medium finish with a chewy, caramel=creamy mouthfeel. By far the top of its game comes at the last.
    C: Much to devour but don’t expect too much subtlety or complexity.

    Scores a C+

  2. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. ApricotOne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. SteveW110 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Now it's 13y old ...

  5. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Absolutely brilliant stuff, lovely palatable at cask strength. This is
    liquid dessert. Sticky fruitiness shines through all the way with great
    elegance and complexity. A heavily sweet and rich nose with a superb
    palate and a glorious finish. I enjoyed every sip thoroughly and highly
    recommend to do a Balvenie tour and fill your own liquid nectar!

    • Nose
      Heavy toffee and chocolate aroma mingle with black cherries, soaked in
      brandy, molasses, sherry and rum flavours. Rich raisins and figs,
      liquorice and intense dark fruit jam. It reminds me of German
      Rum-Trauben-Nuss chocolate. Extremely appealing. A gorgeous nose!
    • Taste
      Rich sherry aromas, sweet with thick dried fruits. Sweet burnt toffee, a
      berry fruit richness of blackcurrants, figs and dark cherries
      intermingle with a delicate nuttiness and a warm mix of spices - gentle
      pepper, oak, and cinnamon. Oranges and spicy ginger are leading to a
      wonderfully, lingering sweet mouthfeel. You would never expect that this
      has been filled above 60% alcohol.
    • Finish
      Very long and sweet with sticky plum jam, slightly bitter cocoa, gentle
      burnt sugar and lots of walnut flavours. Smooth and satisfying warmth
      that lingers all the way long. A brilliant finish indeed!

      WATER: Water significantly increases the fruity sweetness with more
      sherry, cherries and raisins coming through, on a discreet background of
      chocolate and molasses. Round, smooth and harmonious on the palate. The
      sweet and sticky fruitiness is well balanced with the lingering warm
      spices and walnut notes. The finish is still long, warm and vibrant with
      sticky fruit jam and prickling oak.


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