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Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill

(70cl, 47.8%)
Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill

Awards for Balvenie 12 Single Barrel

Gold Outstanding
Gold Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition


Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 years and under - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition


Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014

International Spirits Challenge


Speyside Single Malts up to 12yo - 2014

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Gold Outstanding
Gold Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition


Speyside Single Malts up to 12yo - 2013

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Balvenie 12 Single Barrel Details


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What's in a name? Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill whiskey, rather than whisky.

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Balvenie 12 Single Barrel Bottling Note

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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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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    User Reviews of the Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill

    Better after airing out

    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

    Harsh and uninteresting for the price

    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

    Great nose, unique taste

    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

    heavy Bourbon influenced winner

    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

    Better than the 12 DoubleWood.

    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.

    5th September 2014

    Cask 1717, Bottle 106

    Now empty :(

    28th May 2014

    No Contest

    After enjoying the last couple of rounds of my Doublewood 12year old I decided to try the 12 Year Old Single Barrel. I am a novice to single malts but this old Hillbillies face lit up with the taste of a fine scotch whisky, Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Yr. Thank You.

    18th April 2014

    Worth every penny, schilling or quid

    Wow! this is a winner. I agree with the other comments that this trumps the 15 year old. Beutiful vanilla

    22nd February 2014



    17th February 2014

    Buttery Goodness

    Smooth like melted butter and vanilla but not overly sweet. Just right for my taste. I love this stuff. Not much smoke flavor to it so if that's your thing this may not be for you.

    13th November 2013

    Oh yeah!

    Tried this at Whisky Fringe 2013 in Edinburgh. Couldn't wait until pay day to buy a bottle. It was, for me, the highlight of the event. So much going on in this whisky. It put a £1400 bottle of 40 year old Glenfarclas to shame. A true stonker!

    29th August 2013

    Awesome stuff!

    If you like to boof, you will love this!

    21st July 2013

    Vanilla & Bourbon Candy

    This stuff rocks. Tons of bourbon and vanilla smoothness with a moderate finish. This stuff crushes the 15 year single barrel in my own opinion. Tastes more expensive than it is!

    12th June 2013

    Vanilla Dream

    Real great new product of D.Stewart. The first fill casks lead to a very heavy vanilla nose :-)) The colour is extremly light and it seems that no colour was added. Great dram that is worth to be tried !!!

    26th April 2013

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