- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Whisky Oak & Sherry Oak
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 50 ml
- Bottle code
- L33V 4357 1603
- Added on
- 02 Nov 2015 8:09 am by smaeksle
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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 12-year-old
2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.67 points
- My first contact and subsequent review of the ‘Doublewood’ reads, ‘Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. Great beginners whisky’. i was still just a beginner myself back then [2008/09] and clearly far more succinct in my writing. Amazingly it appears I’ve not encounter the doublewood again [properly that is] until this year  when i got to ‘walk the dog’ with Fergus and the Whisky Lounge team at the Balvenie distillery. Pictures of the distillery, a review and notes of the tastings are to follow sometime soon but suffice to say, the distillery pour of the 12yo doublewood was a cracker. Now back home, does this random 5cl bottle i picked up at auction [circa 2008] stand up and how batch dependant is the Balvenie?
N: Aah yes, bourbon & sherry notes show equally over this fruity, malty, fungal, vibrant, fresh, herbal-sweet dram. Showing more complexity than the previous batches I’ve encountered yet without that fluffiness I’ve associated with the doublewood in the past. There are plenty of liquorice and char notes also,
T: Oily, thin, orange juice arrival with a small bite, leaning towards [soft yet concise]-sour malt with pine needles then putty-beer & fungal fresh. Shows a curious savoury-sweet maltiness with a vegetal, liquorice sour and a thinness one sometimes finds from really old gear - Carsebridge 1965 50yo for example WB.
F: Waxy, sour-mash. Fades malty and with [sour] caramel. Reasonable, moderate, clean[ish] finish and char at the death
C: Without the fluffiness I’ve noted as a key feature of the doublewood in the past, this miniature [batch] is fine in its own right. A real go-to everyday dram.
Scores a C+