Balvenie 12 Years Double Wood

This Balvenie was matured in old sherry and bourbon casks. It makes this scotch interesting but also mild. The orange flavour and a deep sweetness make it a true gem among malt whiskies.

This Balvenie was matured in old sherry and bourbon casks. It makes this scotch interesting but also mild. The orange flavour and a deep sweetness make it a true gem among malt whiskies.

Details about this bottle Edit
566
Balvenie
Scotland, Speyside
Single Malt Whisky
12 Years
40%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Bourbon
Sherry
Chill filtration - With Artifical colouring - With
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Sweet:
Sherry:
Vanilla:
Fruit:
Zitrus:
Orange:
Honey:
Oak:
Spices:
Nuts:
Cinnamon:
Peat Smoke:
Herbs:
Alcohol:
Apple:
Caramel:
Malt:
Lemon:
Pear:
Walnut:
Cherry:
Chocolate:
Heather:
Lime:
Mint:
Raisin:
Herb:
Almonds:
Berries:
Blackberry:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Grape:
Grass:
Hay:
Leather:
Melon:
Oil:
Peach:
Tobacco:
Tasting
Sweet:
Sherry:
Nuts:
Spices:
Oak:
Fruit:
Honey:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Orange:
Oil:
Cinnamon:
Malt:
Peat Smoke:
Chocolate:
Caramel:
Alcohol:
Herb:
Dark Chocolate:
Almonds:
Chili:
Pear:
Grapefruit:
Dried Fruit:
Raisin:
Apple:
Berries:
Cake:
Coffee:
Fig:
Lime:
Plum:
Tobacco:
Finish
Sweet:
Oak:
Spices:
Nuts:
Malt:
Sherry:
Fruit:
Peat Smoke:
Vanilla:
Oil:
Herb:
Alcohol:
Zitrus:
Dark Chocolate:
Honey:
Orange:
Chocolate:
Cinnamon:
Almonds:
Apple:
Chili:
Hazelnut:
Pepper:
Cake:
Pear:
Tobacco:
Bonfire Smoke:
Caramel:
Coffee:
Dried Fruit:
Grapefruit:
Green Apple:
Heather:
Lemon:
Raisin:
Walnut:
Herbs:

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Quality rating of this bottle

3.9 Rate
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Tasting Notes 32

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13. Oct 2015
Nosing:
Orange Lemon Lime Honey Sherry Vanilla Cinnamon Nuts
Taste:
Oak Spices Orange Dark Chocolate Sweet Coffee
Finish:
Medium
Comment:
Nosing:
Sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla
Taste:
Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours ~ nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry
Finish:
Long and Warming
Comment:
19. Mar 2016
Nosing:

Taste: Plum Chocolate Caramel Vanilla Oak

Finish:

Comment:
10. Nov 2016
The Balvenie range has a rather good reputation, as being of higher quality than the mass-produced Glenfiddich. Its 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 arrival builds up steady and spicy before turning honey sweet and nutty. Altogether, it appears slightly spirity and thin (too low ABV). The finish is swift with mild bitterness, milk chocolate and cinnamon. A decent but not overly exciting Single Malt that requires a higher bottling strength.
RATING: 3.4/5.0 ≙ 85 pts
22. May 2015
Nosing: Top - Sherry Oak Vanilla Mid - Treacle and Sherry Base - Lemon Orange

Taste: Sherry Oak butter toffee - werthers?

Finish: Pepper Vanilla Oak Sweet treacle

Comment: Deep amber liquid gold in colour, thick legs that take time to run back to the whisky.
Very pleasant nose with distinct Sherry and Oak throughout, mid tones of treacle and a base of lemon and orange.
Taste is definite sherry, coming from the Doublewood in the name, matured for 12 years, first in Whisky Oak casks and then transferred to European Oak Sherry casks.
Finish is warm peppery, with vanilla and oak sweetness and a treacle undertone.
Overall a very nice drink, 8 1/2 out of 10 - currently on offer in Tesco, so worth buying if you fancy it!
28. Nov 2018
Nosing: Sherry Orange Nuts Cinnamon
Immediate sherry hit. Orange blossom, nuts and cinnamon.

Taste: Sherry Spices Zitrus
Medium sweet arrival. Sherry wood and sweet spices. More of that citrussy component.

Finish: Spices
Medium length and follows on the flavour profile of the palate.

Comment:
I came back to this whisky after a long break from trying it. I seem to remember that it didn't impress me much at the time. I get the feeling however that it has changed for the better over time. The sherry influence on this is significantly stronger than I remember. The closest thing I can equate it to is Bunnahabhain 12. It has that same orange influence from the sherry in the nose and palate. The finish isn't the most interesting, but it fits well and doesn't feel out of place. I'd say this is a really solid release, an excellent example of what can be achieved with multi cask maturation.
15. Mar 2016
Nosing: Blackberry Vanilla Sherry Chocolate

Taste: Malt Oak Grapefruit Sweet

Finish: Oil Dried Fruit

Comment: A go-to daily scotch material!
01. Jan 2017
25. Jun 2018

Comment:
I need to try this again. I had a few years ago, but was not drinking a lot of scotch back then. I remember feeling a little underwhelmed. Thought it lacked fruitiness. Seemed rather dry. Very wood-like. Will try again!
19. Jun 2018
Nosing: Honey Fruit Oak

Taste: Sherry Oak Vanilla Nuts Spices Fruit Dark Chocolate

Finish: Long

Comment: A delicious smooth drop. Reminiscent of a sweet vanilla sponge cake topped with caramelised fruit and dusted with light spices. A definite woody undertone with a minor nutty undertone and a slight dark chocolate taste at the back. A must for any collection.