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.
Name: Balvenie 12 years old Double Wood
Owner: William Grant & Sons
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Age: 12 years old
Cask: Bourbon cask and finished in Sherry Oloroso
Bottle size: 3cl
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 !