Whisky Advent Calendar day 16 - Balvenie 12 years old Double Wood

Whisky Advent Calendar day 16 : Balvenie 12 years old Double Wood

16th day is the same distillery as the 8th (Balvenie)… coincidence ? Or is the 18th going to be a Tullamore D.E.W. ? And the 17th a blend between Balvenie and Tullamore D.E.W. ? ;-)

We’ll see, meanwhile, let’s try that Balvenie 12 years old Double Wood.


Whisky Advent Calendar day 16 - Balvenie 12 years old Double Wood

Name: Balvenie 12 years old Double Wood
Owner: William Grant & Sons
Distillery: Balvenie
Region: Speyside
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Age: 12 years old
Cask: Bourbon cask and finished in Sherry Oloroso
ABV: 40%
Bottle size: 3cl

Colour: Gold

Nose: Mellow, rich and spicy. Good combo ! It starts on vanilla fudge, toffee, fresh fruits (peaches, apricots, pineapples) and éclair au chocolat. Yummy ! Some spices in the background (bit of cloves and licorice).

Palate: Creamy and medium power. It starts on cacao and fresh fruits again, then quickly switches towards a more patisserie side with some éclair au café and religieuse. It continues on licorice and cloves, but stronger than on the nose. This actually gives a good contrast with the gourmand side.

Finish: Medium / Long on black chocolate, licorice and cloves.

Overall: Well I'm starting to really like Balvenie ! How come I'm only looking at it now ? Good nose, good palate (especially with the spice contrast), the finish is a bit less interesting but it remains fine. The price is very fine too ! Good value. Recommend !


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