Balvenie 12 Single Barrel
Released in 2013, Balvenie's Single Barrel First Fill was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for at least 12 years before bottling. These are limited edition bottlings, with each bottle being one of no more than 300 drawn from a single cask. Each is also hand-numbered and labelled with the cask reference number. A deliciously creamy, vanilla-rich whisky from Balvenie.
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Nose: Toasted, sweet nose with all kinds of charred oak and spice. Hints of maple syrup and allspice, a little vanilla and sweet coffee.
Palate: A complex, thick palate with allspice and toffee apples. Cooked fruit and baking spices, hints of sponge cake and creamy caramel.
Finish: Long finish with lingering sweetness and spice.
Overall: An intense whisky with lots of influence from the cask. Great value for money too.
heavy Bourbon influenced winner
Great nose, unique taste
Better after airing out
Harsh and uninteresting for the price
I wrote the previous review "Harsh and uninteresting for the price" based on a fresh bottle. After having let it sit for a week, it's not quite as harsh and the character comes through a lot better. Still pretty pricey for what you get I think but this rating is just to balance out my previous one.
24th October 2014
I've got a carib 14yo cask to compare against. Here in MI, USA it's the same price. I'm not a huge fan of the rhum finish of that one either, but it's *far* less harsh and has more definition than this 12 year old. And as a "first fill", I didn't notice anything that really sets it apart from other American oak casked scotches; it's pure marketing hyperbole if you ask me. Between the two, I'd get the carib cask again no doubt, even though I thought that one was just mediocre. Sorry, Dave.
22nd October 2014
The nose is quite incredible, pure and clean bourbon oak characteristics. Vanilla, fresh fruits and a bit of spice. And, of course, the honey a la Balvenie. The taste, however, is a bit strange, herbal notes surrounded by sweet malt. Some days it tastes great, some days it tastes odd - the strange herbal notes take over. I find the taste of the 15yo single barrel better, but the nose on this one is just remarkable.
20th September 2014
Sweet and spicy on the nose with hints of rye, spice and mango backed up by a healthy dose of vanilla - gets more fruity with water.
Nose similar to the taste, starts off sweet followed by big hit of nutmeg, creamy malt and a little bit of apple.
Spice continues into the finish, with straw, vanilla and an unexpected hint of cherry. Lovely stuff.
If you like your Bourbon matured whiskies then this is a must.
15th September 2014
Definitely better than the 12 year old DW, but I wouldn't consider myself a fan of the Double Wood line. Honey sweetness with a little extra Balvenie feel to it.A superb 12 year old, although for the price point, I prefer the 14 gear rum finish.