Originally Posted by opelfruit
The DoubleWood is the whisky that first got me into single malts. It's a nice, safe bet, malt but wont do much to light up your life.
Much better introduction to Balvenie would be the 12yr Signature or 15yr Single Cask.
Even though the DoubleWood and Signature are both 12yrs, don't be fooled; the Signature is a different world of complexity and balance. Although I'd still put the Sig and DW as entry level malts for Balvenie, there is a big gap between them.
.......once Balvenie hits 17yrs it starts to become masterful, it's the perfect age for it. Just a shame that so much of their amazing stuff is now discontinued.
Well after sipping through a couple ounces of balvenie 12 I will have to change my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would buy it again. I tried it neat straight from the bottle, then with a tiny bit of water, then let the glass sit and air out for about 30 minutes per Ralfy recommendation. For a mere $40 balvenie is one heck of a bang for the buck scotch. I look forward to trying more balvenie in the future.