Balvenie 14-year-old

Overall rating
83.49/100
votes
168
Whiskybase ID
WB97491
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peated Triple Cask
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
1st Fill & Refill Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L6B 6951
Barcode
5010327525969
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
14 jun 2017 6:45 pm by maltaholic
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 262.60

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie 14-year-old

30 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.49 points.

  1. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice sweet and very peaty balvenie. I suppose it was sea peat, not highland as for Peat week. More like everyday dram
    • Nose
      87 87
      Bold sweet sea salt and iodine peatiness with some earthy rotten grass
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet honey and campfire smoke, plus some butterscotch
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, sweet peat and bitter campfire smoke

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  3. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Additional strength helps,I like it better than the peat week. Initial nose + taste close to an Islay but peat does not pull through till the end and seems less integrated. All in all a competent malt,but who really needs a peated Balvenie with all the alternatives around?

  4. Bembel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Mild and sweet smoke. Floral. Butter cream. Honey. Orange. Oak.
      Later caramel.
    • Taste
      Strong start. Pepper spice and oak push forward. Then getting sweeter. Lemon, Orange, Vanilla, Honey. The smoke is well integrated.
    • Finish
      medium length Slightly dry, oak, smoke.

  5. og187 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Melon, smoke, peaty, malty, rustic and clear
    • Taste
      85 85
      The degree is beneficial, peaty, dense, bread tones
    • Finish
      86 86
      The smoke is bright on the exhale, malty, burnt aftertaste.
      Average duration

  6. jvanopstal scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice but unexpected type of whisky for a Balvenie
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lemon, vanilla and caramel with a subtle smoke
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet and a bit bitter with lemon, vanilla and caramel
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long with vanilla and some smoke

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A bit acrid smoke, sweet and tart. Balvenie should stick to their core line, this wasn’t there best expression
    • Nose
      86 86
      Strong peat (for Balvenie) vanilla, honey, light plastic
    • Taste
      85 85
      Woody peat smoke, honey, oak, white pepper
    • Finish
      84 84
      Pepper, vanilla, honey

  8. UnitedChart scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    I tasted this whisky blindly.

    Clearly malt on the nose and a certain sweetness. Sherry influences are recognizable and an aroma of wild honey. I also add a hint of blueberry.

    I feel a strength on the tongue, even a barrel strength that turns out to be 48.3% at the resolution, I would have guessed higher. Definitely spicy, a little hazelnut, a little raisin, above all I can feel wood, oak and a slight bitterness. The wood covers the smoke, which is barely noticeable to me.

    The finish leaves a persistent dry mouthfeel, long, strong and still woody and spicy.

    Nose: 22
    Key: 23
    Finish: 23
    Total package: 21
    = 89 points

    Conclusion: I love the Caribbean Cask at the age of 14. That Balvenie managed to peated with such force at the same age surprised me. I would have liked a little less wood and a little more smoke. Certainly not a whisky that you "dump" the whole evening. But always worth a drink to enjoy.

  9. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2020-11-14
    • Nose
      82 82
      Mossy, sour, light-colored grapes and other light-colored fruits, light smoke, then grapefruit, orange, tangerine, a bit musty
    • Taste
      86 86
      pleasant sweetness, light acidity, smoky bacon, ashy
    • Finish
      86 86
      pleasant medium length after cocoa

  10. Wolf68 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. sidqi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fruity and gentle smoke.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Gentle medicinal and sweet notes,creamy vanilla,honey,ripe fruits,cinnamon.Butterscotch and a little ginger spicy,a little leathery.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoky,mellow and juicy,spicy,sweet honey and a little oily.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long and spicy,sweet and smoky. A little dry,slightly bitter and minty.

  12. Captain Teague scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    2 words: sharp and unbalanced. the peat week releases were really good but this sucks.....

  13. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      soft smoke, vanilla, mandarin, wood, banana, mocha pastry, smoky
    • Taste
      creamy, slightly tart, spicy, honey, cinnamon, salt caramel, coffee, peat, salt, mandarin

  14. the_muskox scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This was better than I expected. Lots of nice delicate oak on the palate, plenty of lovely pastry notes mixed with very clean smoke. I like the earthier, more oak-forward turn on the development. I wish it had a bit of a thicker texture, and, though it has decent length, the finish could have a bit more meat to it. Still, a very solid choice in a travel-retail market that’s becoming increasingly crowded with watered-down, generic expressions.

    Nose: Quite sweet and mildly smoky. Lots of nougat, chocolate covered toffee, various sugar-dusted pastries, and candied nuts. The smoke is soft and gentle, with black pepper and some dried herbs. Very sweet malted barley and caramel. The fruit is buried deep: vanilla-poached pears, nectarines, dried cranberries, and banana. Some fragrant beeswax and rose as well.

    Palate: Medium-light texture. Orchard fruit and pineapple up front, along with toffee and beeswax. Sweet, honeyed smoke on the development, as things turn slightly more savoury and oak-forward. The smoke is more intense here than on the nose. There’s soft oak and leather, slight clove, and nutty malted barley. Chocolate mint, tiramisu, and plenty of honey-sweetened English Breakfast tea towards the back.

    Finish: Still sweet, but smokier. Chocolatey smoke and soft oak. A bit of cola, a bit more cinnamon, marshmallow, and nutmeg. Campfire and cast iron. Distant ginger, mint, and dried herbs. Maple forest in autumn.

  15. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  16. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  17. face scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  18. monsieurrouge scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    this is more important to me ...
    • Nose
      smoke, yes, what is underneath? the smoke masks the rest. citrus? vanilla? bourbon?
    • Taste
      peat, balance, bourbon, sweetie, I like it
    • Finish
      smoke, nice finish

  19. schengel10 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    For Balvenie unusual but very well done! A really delicious malt!
    • Nose
      83 83
      sweet (honey), fruity, caramel, fudge, vanilla, fine smoke flavors;
    • Taste
      84 84
      equally oily and powerful with ripe citrus fruits, honey, vanilla, spicy oak, above all fine smoke; very pleasing;
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium long, supple, oily; then vanilla and above all fine smoky notes;

  20. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Balvenie is not bad with peat, but Peat Week and Peated Cask is better.
    • Nose
      Peat, vanilla, yellow fruits, eucalyptus and pepper.
    • Taste
      Yellow fruits, vanilla, citruses, ginger, oak and peat.
    • Finish
      Medium length, fruity, spicy.

  21. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. sagara-kun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's good, pretty classic.
    • Nose
      Pineapple, yellow fruit. Black pepper.
      Light peat a little fat.
      Eucalyptus, fresh mint.
      A little caramel.
    • Taste
      On the palate it's more fruity and less peaty.
      Yellow fruit, blackcurrant, some wood, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Final on apricot jam, caramel, vanilla.

  23. valery77 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Goethe scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion Peat and Balvenie are an interesting combination, this time the peat isn't very well intermeshed with the Balvenie, the nose is to shy.Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Vanilla, caramel, yellow fruits (lemon, oranges, apples), hints of smoke.
    • Taste
      Smoke, lemon, ginger, caramel, some minerals, salt, malt cake, a few spices and a bit bitter.
    • Finish
      Medium. Some smoke, lemon, ginger and some oak (getting a bit dry).

  26. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  27. SteveW110 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    In the nose I find subtle smoke with sweet malt. Slight vanilla flavors and some licorice. The taste is reflected in the nose again, but it initially looks sweeter than thought. The malt and the vanilla squeeze through, followed by the peat and some alcohol. The Peated Balvenie looks slightly metallic.
    In the finish he is a bit bitter ...

    Conclusion:
    Balvenie does not have to hide in terms of Peat!
    Surely a few years would have been better for him ...
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      72 72

  28. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  29. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Balvenie (peated) 14-year-old
    Tasted 2017-08 @ home:
    N: Wine gum, light smoke, Xmas punch
    G: round but without edges, solid, similar to nose
    70

  30. Avatar scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Slightly smoky in the nose. Medium-long aftertaste continues to flow into the throat. Soft taste. Honey.

  31. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This whisky was matured in three cask types: first-fill Bourbon, refill Bourbon and Sherry, and is the result of trials undertaken by Balvenie malt master David Stewart  and former distillery manager Ian Millar.

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