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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

Balvenie 12 Single Barrel Details


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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

    Good and thick

    So worth the extra $20 over the standard 12 year double wood.

    20th December 2014

    Thick, Sweet and WOW!

    Wow what a dram! I gained this from the advent calendar and am really impressed. It has quite a smooth, sweet and thick taste to it with hints of caramel and apples (tasting notes above are accurate in my opinion). Afterwards the taste lingers and whilst it has a strong flavour it doesn't have the burn you get from some whiskies. I can understand now how it has won so many reviews and will be looking to get a bottle in the future!

    14th December 2014

    Autumn in a glass

    This is punchy up front with aromas of spiced apples baked on a campfire served with ice cream and then with honey and treacle flavours pushing through the mid-palate. It's full of reminders of how I remember autumn smelling growing up, of harvest and roasted chesnuts and just hints of bonfire in the background. The finish is really persistent and spicy.

    14th December 2014

    Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel

    This is a light-coloured whisky with surprisingly complex and unusual flavour. The nose includes toasted malt, oak, and pumpkin pie. A complex palate emerges with elements of spice, toffee, apricot, Dundee cake, and hints of smokiness. The finish is toffee-sweet with mild spice and vanilla. It’s an excellent dram – eminently drinkable and great value.

    14th December 2014

    A Well Presented Dram

    Nose: Vanilla, Homemade apple pie and custard, some spice, a little honey and oak.

    Palate: Cream cake, fudge, honey, lemon meringue and spiced apple.

    Finish: A long finish with honey and lemon tea, some tropical notes and spiced oak.

    14th December 2014


    very nice, touch of ice, superb. very pale colour?

    14th December 2014

    Gets better from nose to finish

    This is quite an amazing drink. The nose takes awhile to open up, well over ten minutes before all the bourbon notes are really out in full force. Even then, the taste is much more full and rich with light spices and salty, vanilla-honey-light tropical fruits. It's fully delicious. But the finish... WOW! I've never tasted a whisky where the finish erupted like that. I commend Balvenie for making such a awesome product and I hope more companies start going with 46% non-filtered, as well as first fill bourbon. Put in the extra work to get the extra quality and the consumer is willing to pay the extra price.

    10th November 2014

    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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