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Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40.0%)
Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

Awards for Balvenie DoubleWood 12

Gold
Gold

Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014

International Spirits Challenge

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Silver
Silver

Speyside Single Malts up to 12yo - 2013

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Bronze
Bronze

Daily Dram - 2013

Malt Maniacs Awards

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition

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Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Bottling Note

Aged in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in sherry casks, Double Wood is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft, even at 12 years.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Gristy, supple nuttiness, grapey

Palate: Sweet with good body. The bourbon characters develop; gentle spice with a little vanilla, a balancing peat lurking quietly in the substrata.

Finish: Dry, spicy, beautifully warming.

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    User Reviews of the Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

    Not so Good

    Lovely nose of character but it stops there. Once on the lips there is a harsh burn and a bland taste. The finish is very short. It needs maturing in better quality oak and why do they only give it 2 months in the sherry cask? There are plenty of much better 12 year old Speysides around - Not recommended

    6th December 2014

    A perfect 12 year old.

    I love this whiskey. I tried the 17 year old version and was disappointed as I couldn't find much difference so just get this instead.

    5th December 2014

    Quite Delicious

    The body was a nice surprise. Really recommend for after dinner. Fuller body, slightly sweet with honey and cinnamon. Not terribly complex but do not pass it up. A perfect winter warmer.

    27th November 2014

    On target

    Nice dram, rich but sweet bourbon like nose. Silky and sweet taste, vanilla and lots of honey. Medium-long pleasant relaxing finish. Overall a neatly packed whisky that gets better with every glass. Not to be missed!

    17th November 2014

    Well Made and so good to drink.

    Classic Spayside and so pleasant to drink. You may prefer a differnt style, but how anyone can say its not a great whisky is totaly beyond me.

    16th November 2014

    I'm not a connoisseur but I am from a scotch loving family

    I have tried many scotches and by far this is my favorite plain and simple

    28th October 2014

    First Scotch

    I've found the Doublewood to be smooth with a slight bite. the taste is buttery and similar to the recent explosion of honey drinks. I enjoy the drink and will continue my pursuit of the ultimate drink for my palette.

    21st October 2014

    on my second bottle

    rushed the first, too exited with the smooth taste and ended up drunk. the smoothness and sweetness goes well together, i like the taste and absence of any bitter food colouring aftertaste bitterness. 10/10 for taste value and the bottle looks really nice with the wide lip.

    9th October 2014

    Balvanie

    This whiskey has to be one of the very best 12 year bottles around! Great taste and very smooth! Give it a go, you will not be disapointed!!

    23rd August 2014

    Balvanie

    Excellent stuff!!!!! That's all needs too be said!! cheers

    22nd August 2014

    A beautiful dram

    I originally bought this down in Devon when staying with an ex-partner. This helps bring back warm memories. The nose is subtle grape, a distantly rich/sweet touch in there. On the palate I get a nice sensation of sublte spice and vanilla. Very smooth - perfect for a summer evening or relaxing by a fire. The finish is dry and warming. A slight lingering of spicers leaving you pleased and wanting more.

    14th August 2014

    Overrated and overpriced

    I bought this whisky because it got some really good reviews. Boy, was I disappointed! Simply put: it's flat. The nose is alright, but the palate and finish are disappointing. I would expect this from some young spirit. And it's not the only Balvenie that gets the 'flat' mark either! They should get their act together sooner rather then later. I am going elsewhere for my dram.

    20th July 2014

    Vaired palates

    The vitriol used to describe a whisky is narcissistic and condescending. Why is it not enough to say that you’d “prefer another”? I’m not a connoisseur of whiskies, in part because I don’t know what that is, but I have partaken for some 45 years and this is the best-tasting whiskey I’ve had. But if you find comfort in denigrating someone else’s tastes, go ahead. We partake as a pleasure – not as a measurement of one’s character.

    17th July 2014

    A solid Scotch...

    I believe review about two down from this is spot on "...accept it for what it is...", however O would submit their two stars rating is unfairly low. I too wish the finish was more complex and longstanding, but it is a smooth, supple drink and the finish is pleasant. This is an easy recommendation for a new Scotch drinker. Zum Wohl, -W

    19th June 2014

    Father's Day

    My son bought me a bottle of Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old for Father's Day. Now I'm not a whisky guru, I know nought of vanilla, spice, or bourbon finishing, or interesting characteristics, or personality This is a damn good drop of five star liquor, ideal for the World Cup or any other sporting event.Value for money, YES

    16th June 2014

    accept it for what it is

    I enjoy tasting different styles, palates, finish of whisky's. Yes there are some that dont leave a big impression or I had high expectations but didnt deliver. This one was somewhere in between. the Bourbon/Sherry 'characters' i like i just wish the finish was more complex and lasted longer.

    5th June 2014

    A bit....Bland

    Nice smooth cask influence, but that's about it.This scotch whisky doesn't really have interesting characteristics or a personality of its own....

    31st May 2014

    90% of all Scotch

    Good malt. Newbie people to scotch deceiving this one. Comments like these one are proof of that... "tastes too much like a bourbon wannabe", "Being aged in bourbon barrels may be doing this scotch a bit of a disservice"... about 90% of all scotch whisky is matured in ex-bourbon cask... http://www.maltmadness.com/malt-whisky/beginners-guide-05-maturation.html

    24th May 2014

    A great introduction to malts

    Even your non scotch drinking mom will be begging for another refill! Great intro into the world of "sweeter" malts.

    10th May 2014

    just call it bourbon

    this stuff isn't worth the hype. yes, it's smooth, but that's about it. tastes too much like a bourbon wannabe (for a single malt price). you'll get more bang for your buck with elijah craig. there's just no 'there' there...

    9th May 2014

    Mr David Shire

    I am new to scotch. Balvenie 12 year Double was recommended to me and I am SOLD. Smooth, flavorful and easy to drink. Awesome!!!

    8th May 2014

    Standard stuff

    A very average whisky, a bit uninspiring really. So many better ones out there in the price bracket.

    26th April 2014

    good luck

    If you can find a better balance for the price let me know, I'll have two!

    18th April 2014

    Amazing

    Enjoy my first bottle of Balvenie DW back in 1994 in NYC after sampling many single malts in the range of 50 to 120 U$....All I can say is that subdue me forever, now, 20 year later, almost 50 years old and with a decent drinking experience I amcertain it will remain my number 1

    10th April 2014

    As Good As Malt Whisky Gets

    I have been drinking Balvenie Doublewood for a great many years. Those who are critical of this superb malt cannot possibly know what they are talking about.

    6th April 2014

    Disappointed

    This would be great if labeled as a bourbon, and it is very smooth as far as bourbons go. However, because I was looking for a good scotch, I was disappointed with this. There was just the slightest tinge of scotch hidden in there somewhere, but bourbon was the predominant flavor. Being aged in bourbon barrels may be doing this scotch a bit of a disservice, something I wish I had thought of before spending as much as I did. You could get a comparable bourbon for less than a bottle of this and be equally satisfied.

    24th March 2014

    Not for me

    I had a bottle of this and I did not like it. I have been drinking various single malts lately and found it to offer special. Did not like the aftertaste in particular. Also noticed that on the second day of the taste was actually worse. I honestly tried to like it but found that it is not to my taste. I thought it tasted like medicine. In my opinion there is much better Scotches within the price range.

    23rd March 2014

    Awesome stuff

    Very nutty in both aroma and flavor. Nose also has butterscotch and banana. Smooth flavor, brief but satisfying finish. A soothing dram, very enjoyable.

    11th March 2014

    Faaaaantastic

    Accompanied with marios suvla all the way from cyprus we had a bottle this afternoon and it was amazing. Very smooth , soft and no shionis. Highly recommended at a great price. Must have whisky

    8th March 2014

    Big Blouse Required

    Great as an appertif. Runs flat. wife loves it. Great for the price. Think the Irish may like this.

    4th February 2014

    A most have

    In that range price, it's one on the smoothest. It's certainly an incredible one to start you collection and it become an easy point of reference when you explore others.

    18th December 2013

    My first scotch

    I'm normally a bourbon drinker but this scotch may have just moved me to the other side. Slightly sweet the sherry finish is notable with a buttery hint. A beautiful scotch and perfect first scotch taste. Five stars.

    15th December 2013

    The Balvenie is really a good drink.

    I enjoyed this drink with my wife and we are very happy to have it. Mathew Sahane n Gretta sahane.

    1st December 2013

    Not my Fav

    Pleasant nose. The palate begins with a somewhat soapy element I cannot describe well, rest is not very complex, bit of spicy vanilla, short finish.. it is not a bad whiskey but both Dalwhinnie and Glenmorangie, of same price class, I prefer.

    26th November 2013

    Nice decent for price

    Nice indeed better than some of the more generic stuff, not as good as glenfarclas but decent...

    6th November 2013

    Easily the best £30 scotch...

    Yeah... I like all the Balvenies. Not quite at the level at the Dalmore, but a step up from Glenmorangies and Highland Park etc... Really drinkable and I always have a bottle in my cupboard. Jason Breen

    1st November 2013

    Nice....

    It's not bad at all and better after it's had a few weeks open... Nice dam not too complicated but enough going on. A decent drop.

    31st October 2013

    Good

    hate this whisky...yuuukkk

    27th October 2013

    light Oak notes; no real honey

    It's all nutmeg, vanilla, and wood. Plus some green apple. The DoubleWood is an okay starter scotch, but there exist much better oak-themed malts (for instance the Auchentoshan 12 is at the same 'level'). Note that this malt improves with oxidation, as it starts to pick up some caramel notes.

    10th August 2013

    light Oak notes; no real honey

    It's all nutmeg, vanilla, and wood. Plus some green apple. The DoubleWood is an okay starter scotch, but there exist much better oak-themed malts (for instance the Auchentoshan 12 is at the same 'level'). Note that this malt improves with oxidation, as it starts to pick up some caramel notes.

    10th August 2013

    Very nice Single Malt

    It's a very nice whisky, great as a first venture into Single Malt. I do prefer the Glenlivet 12yo over this one though, which is also a little cheaper.

    10th August 2013

    Very smooth and robust

    Very smooth and strong First time I've ever had this scotch. I used to drink scotch about 30 years ago and gave it up for wine. Got this for a 60th birthday present and it is very, very nice...smooth, with a bit of a bite! I will go easy on this or I might revert back to 30 years ago!!

    7th August 2013

    Very smooth and strong

    First time I've ever had this scotch. I used to drink scotch about 30 years ago and gave it up for wine. Got this for a 60th birthday present and it is very, very nice...smooth, with a bit of a bite! I will go easy on this or I might revert back to 30 years ago!!

    7th August 2013

    Disappointing

    Hate to disagree with the majority, but considering the price, I found this to be a little harsh, almost like a blended whisky. I prefer my old standby Glenlivet 18 year old scotch over this. It does have quite a kick though.

    7th August 2013

    For Beginners and Veterans

    I don't know of another quality Scotch that can charm a beginner's palate quite like the Doublewood 12 year. It's very inviting, has all the qualities one looks for in a Speyside, but in gentle, non-threatening proportions. It won't scare a beginner away--my first Scotch tasting was a Laphroig, perpetrated as a trick by an uncle with a dubious sense of humor; that first sip sadly kept me away from all Scotches, even bland blends, for nearly a decade. Today it's my favorite bottle, but I had to earn its virtues, a concept that would have been lost on me as a tyro. When my 17 year old daughter turns 18 later this year, she's been promised a sampling from any bottle in the cabinet, but I'm going to use what's left of my waning paternal influence and suggest her first Scotch to be this Doublewood. I love this bottle and I love her more, so it makes good sense to pair the two. After that, she's on her own (unless she wants my advice anymore, which I hope she will).

    29th July 2013

    Lacking a finish

    I found the sherry cask to add nothing to the whisky, a good solid whisky. But for an extra taste I'ld look at Penderyn.

    12th July 2013

    Best Single Malt for the Price

    Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old scotch is hands-down the finest single malt scotch on the market for the price. The 60 + day sherry cask barrel finish gives this beauty a taste of smooth yet complex notes, with a flavour that lingers in oaken and off-vanilla hints. Cheers!

    28th June 2013

    Fantastic!!

    For the price it doesn't get much better - warm caramel and honey deliciousness!!

    8th June 2013

    slightly lacking

    I enjoyed a bottle of this but felt it slightly lacking in depth in a way I cant really explain. maybe ive been spoiled by other (better) whisky's of a similar taste theme, but id rather spend a little more and get something I really enjoy, still 7/10

    5th June 2013

    Very smoothe and relaxing

    I love this whisky. It is very smooth and quite good served on the rocks. I usually prefer my whisky served neat, but something in the flavor happens to this one served over ice. Enjoy!

    17th May 2013

    warm spicy cozy

    after the monkey shoulders I tried this one and so happy I did. It is real warm but smooth. Truly I tasted/smelled caramel pear. Taste buds hold the molecules and never is the throat hurt. Velvet fiery should I say. Bought it at the airport. Tasted it in Montreal and felt this welcoming feeling erasing any trouble each time. Alchemy of whisky blending in personality.

    16th May 2013

    DoubleWood, DoubleGood!

    I really enjoyed this dram...light on the nose with a huge whiff of grapes, a solid warm and spicy palate, and a nice medium-long finish that's plenty dry. The oak and the sherry are most evident on the nose...while I prefer some of The Balvenie's other offerings, this is a fine daily scotch at a fantastic price.

    13th May 2013

    McPherson, Chicago

    Vanilla, honey, white pepper, spice with a gentle sherry, a little nuttiness and light citrus notes. This is a smooth, subtle whisky with a nice mix that wont tire your palate. One to add to the collection and a great one for a first or second dram on a flight.

    11th May 2013

    Teri Maa di...

    For the price, this is a winner every time. Awesome scotch.

    27th April 2013

    Not bad, for a Speyside

    Despite my heavy Islay leanings, I have to say that this is one of my favorite scotches. Smooth, but fairly complex and well-rounded. The more mellow taste imparts an almost buttery quality to the slight oiliness. From my experience, a great starter scotch too, given how many people I've converted with it.

    5th April 2013

    forgot to rate

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    1st April 2013

    very good

    This was one of my first single malts and i liked it a lot. It's a nice whisky to start with if you like full flavour and a little sting but not the peat or smoke.

    1st April 2013

    Lee

    I have tried numerous whiskeys for under 50$ and the Doublewood takes it. It is superior in my opinion to Johnny Walker Red/Black, Glenfiddich 12/18, Glenlivet 12, Dewars white/red, Jack Daniels original/gentleman/single barrel/honey, Southern Comfort. Keep in mind I am rating it against other whiskeys under 50$. This is by far the best. As a college student I am happy that Balvenie produces a whiskey that is affordable even for people like me who want good scotch but can't afford the expensive stuff. Keep up the good work.

    21st March 2013

    Hey guys (gays)

    Cool man

    15th March 2013

    Mikko

    I agree with John Eva, this is pretty much basic Speysider. Not much complexity or character. There is much better whiskies in this price range.

    2nd March 2013

    Meh

    Trying to like this, but, it offers nothing. No fruit, no spice, nothing but a buzz.

    26th February 2013

    John Eva

    Not bad but not great either, if you can find it on offer from the supermarkets for around £25 worth spending the money on it otherwise I can think of a few different whisky's I would prefer for the similar price range.

    2nd January 2013

    Great scotch according to my friends!

    I keep buying DoubleWood as gifts for my friends since they love it so much and I have yet to add it to my personal inventory. The next bottle I purchase will be for myself! Although I'm sure I'll partake in this most recent gift purchase one evening with my local friend. I'm really looking forward to trying it out. I give it a 10 based on how dedicated my friends are to the DoubleWood variety.

    12th December 2012

    Honesty

    I don't know what everyone else thinks; I don't care! But what I think is this: the Balvennie Double Wood's nose is very oaky; deep and soft, then the taste is mulled whiskey; mellowed maturity (kindness with substance) the finish is medium as one would expect for the price: mild, but long and gentle, yet no bitter taste or sour notes. I rate this whiskey as excellent for its price, and one of my favourites given its cost! The bottle is like a true whiskey with no pretenciousness. This is a nice whiskey; good for newcomers as it is full of depth from the oak and full of flavour from the sherry; it is a gentle, honest and a kind whiskey! I don't care who you are or whether or you think MasterofMalt have posted this; this is a post from a true customer and I hope you enjoy the whiskey as I have!

    3rd November 2012

    Very very good!

    Me and one of my best friends opened a bottle of this wonderful Doublewood and literally finshed the bottle without even notice it!!! The sweetness and the lovely vanilla taste, hypnotised us. (From Portugal... Sorry for my English...)

    19th October 2012

    Great whiskey. Period.

    Title says it all.

    7th October 2012

    Mesmerising !!!

    Lovely smooth and pleasant single malt whiskey,the evident bourbon and fruity finish will make you cherish the moment. Awesome taste on the rocks and more over the 43% Vol gives an edgy high over common 40% Vol malts.

    6th October 2012

    Lovely

    A lovely drop, not too complex or too simple, great almost bourbon tasting scotch, love the subtle fruity finish, would like the finish to be a little stronger, but a great drink, one of my favourites

    19th September 2012

    Fantastic

    The Balvenie Doublewood is one of my favourite whiskies. The sherry influence is discreet and combines really well with the Balvenie style. This is a rich whisky with a beguiling nose that would be my top recommendation for anyone wishing to get into single malts. But this is not merely an 'introductory' or 'value for money' malt, I think it's great regardless of the cost. The best 12 year-old whisky around in my opinion.

    22nd June 2012

    Super Smooth

    Easy Going And delicious... feeling pleasure to have it would like to suggest you to have it once in your life whether you drink or not and pe kar ho jao talli. Cheersssssssssss to people.

    19th June 2012

    Incredible

    A delicious and full flavored whisky!Highly recommended!

    2nd April 2012

    Always a pleasure

    Good value, good whisky

    20th March 2012

    Fantastic

    Yet to find another whisky as good. Smooth and sweet but with just enough bite. Everytime I have a dram I find something new in the flavours, happily complex.

    18th February 2012

    Comparing Aberlough 12 yr to Balvenie 12 yr

    Tried Aberlough to compare it to Balvenie 12, the price was very good but there just wasn't the "bite" that Balvenie has.. Balvenie is hard to beat for the price..

    26th February 2011

    Worth twice he Price....

    I've yet to find anything in this price range that is even half as good. Wonderful with a pice of ice, or drop of water. I perfer a clean finish, and shy away from alot of smoke.

    17th February 2011

    Argree with 'Founders Reserve' but.....

    Found that "when drank straight or with just a drip or two of water was noticeably strong ......bourbon aging side" that he was talking about to my liking!!!, Like Dalwhinnie 15 but a little less of a prickly feel and more toffee/vanilla thing going on as well- Didn't notice any "peat lurking"- not that I minded.

    17th September 2010

    Tried this trying to replace Balvenie ' Founders Reserve '

    I liked the Founders Reserve, it was sweet, balanced, everything in the right amounts, it was not complex or heavily aged at its price range but very mildly pleasing. This new double wood when drank straight or with just a drip or two of water was noticeably strong to me on the bourbon aging side with an overt young green oakiness to it. It did finish better with some warm sherry tones in there though. I may like it better over a piece of ice. Still better than most at this price. Cheers

    17th March 2010

    Too short finishing in sherrywood

    There isn't much of a sherrywood there (just 2 months finishing!). The finish is too short too. The Balvenie Signature or 15yo Single Barrel will do honours of this distillery.

    25th October 2009

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