Balvenie Signature 12
This 12 year old Balvenie was released in 2008 and was launched to replace the 10 year old Founders Reserve. This bottling was aged in first fill bourbon barrels and refill casks and sherry butts.
A little spiced rum opens up the nose with gorgeous hints of date and walnut cake, a little honeyed oiliness, a dusting of cocoa and lush crystallized ginger. The mouth feel is delicately vinous, in true Balvenie style, the palate holds winter spice and salty butter pastry with a sweet vanilla and melted cookie dough ice-cream. The finish is tight and swift, the bourbon oak notes fading out with added toasty vanilla.
The poor relation
my first Balvenie
Not a lot to be said for this balvennie sweet harsh edge veryshort finish just a very average malt where they getting rid of lower grade casks.Not worthy of the name Balvennie
2nd October 2014
I like the saltiness. The honey and vanilla notes. The design of this bottle, cork and label appeals to me as well. Makes me want to taste some more from this distillery. The bottom of the bottle is nearly reached. It was good. Time for the single barrels.
24th February 2014
Not a bad whisky but not one I will be buying for myself again as for the money (even though bought on special offer at Sainsburys) I have found plenty other whiskys I prefer...This is a whisky I would readily offer visiting friends alongside my Glenmorangie and Aberlour without feeling stingy, while saving my Fettercairn Fior & Dalmore for myself and special occasions!
9th December 2013