Balvenie 12 Years Single Barrel First Fill

This single-barrel bottling from Balvenie emphasizes the influence of the barrel on the taste of a whisky. Oak barrels are natural products and each one is different. This gives each whisky a different taste. For this bottling, Balvenies Malt Master selected only barrels with a sweet vanilla and oak character. All bottles are labeled with the barrel number and the bottle number.

This single-barrel bottling from Balvenie emphasizes the influence of the barrel on the taste of a whisky. Oak barrels are natural products and each one is different. This gives each whisky a different taste. For this bottling, Balvenies Malt Master selected only barrels with a sweet vanilla and oak character. All bottles are labeled with the barrel number and the bottle number.

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6695
Balvenie
Scotland, Speyside
Single Malt Whisky
12 Years
47.8%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Bourbon, Bourbon First Fill
Chill filtration - WithoutArtifical colouring - Without
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Nosing
Sweet:
Vanilla:
Fruit:
Honey:
Oak:
Pear:
Malt:
Alcohol:
Heather:
Peat Smoke:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Anise:
Banana:
Barley:
Cake:
Caramel:
Cherry:
Green Apple:
Lemon:
Melon:
Nuts:
Orange:
Peach:
Pineapple:
Spices:
Tasting
Sweet:
Vanilla:
Honey:
Fruit:
Oak:
Spices:
Nuts:
Zitrus:
Malt:
Alcohol:
Banana:
Caramel:
Oil:
Peach:
Pear:
Peat Smoke:
Pepper:
Chocolate:
Lemon:
Orange:
Herb:
Barley:
Chili:
Cinnamon:
Coffee:
Dark Chocolate:
Ginger:
Lemon Peel:
Sherry:
Finish
Sweet:
Spices:
Oak:
Vanilla:
Nuts:
Malt:
Fruit:
Honey:
Oil:
Pepper:
Sherry:
Caramel:
Herbs:
Almonds:
Barley:
Chocolate:
Dark Chocolate:
Heather:
Kiwi:
Orange:
Peach:
Raisin:
Zitrus:
Herb:

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mpannozz
17. Dec 2014

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30. Nov 2017
10. Mar 2021
Nosing: MaltBarleyLemon shortbread Herbs (thyme) Pineapple & maraschino Cherry combine for an impression of pineapple upside-down cake

Taste: Lemon PeelOakPear

Finish: Oak candied Kiwi

Comment: The Balvenie 12-year old Single Barrel offering demands patience. Sour citrus and barley sugar dominate at first blush. But time, and just a few drops (literally) of water, eventually provide a wonderfully rewarding complexity. Herbal influences and some unique fruit combinations launch this initially subtle dram into rarified air.

On the palate, The Balvenie 12-year old Single Barrel pulls off a seamless transition from its impressive scent profile. Again an initial simplicity - this time oak bitterness - gives way to pleasant sweet & sour fruit tones in perfect balance with one another.

This whisky's finish is just as dramatic as its nose and taste would suggest. Bitterness and fruit sweetness swirl around one another throughout a satisfyingly lingering experience. Five well-earned stars for this quality single malt.
Cdamiano
09. May 2016
31. Dec 2015
Nosing: Fresh . . . alive

Taste: Honey, Vanilla, Fruit

Finish: Clean, Crisp

Comment: Also had a sharp end, but is refreshing!
Ggowern
20. Mar 2015
Nosing:
Lots of honey
Taste:
Very complex with vanilla
Finish:
Sweet
Comment:
Not as good as the 15 but pretty close
cjustl
05. Jan 2015
Aroma: Fruity, Banana, Vanilla, Cedar, Oak

Taste: Fresh fruit followed by bitterness into the finish

Finish: Smooth with lingering vanilla.

Comment: A quality single malt with an extremely pleasant aroma and smooth finish. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the taste, as I prefer sherry cask maturation. If you are a fan of ex-bourbon cask maturation, this is a must have. I recommend adding a half teaspoon of water for optimal flavor.
15. Feb 2017
MJ75
22. Oct 2015
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24. Oct 2013
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05. Nov 2013