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Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill Whisky

(70cl, 47.8%)

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill
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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.

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.

Reviews for Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill
One to savour . Buy again
Cask 2824 bottle 181. My son and I loved this. Truly exceptional
Sam m , United Kingdom
one year ago
5 star for taste and value
Balvenie 12yr Single Barrel First Fill is one of the few single malts that I have sought for subsequent purchase, both for personal consumption and for gifting. I’ve enjoyed several very expensive scotch whiskies but none that were a better dollar for value purchase.
Chuck S , United States
one year ago
If you like the other Balvenies this is nothing like them.
I was really disappointed. No real depth, too strong alcohol taste. If there is vanilla, there it is overpowered. Slight oak and hardly any finish. I know each barrel will be unique and obviously it is a bit of pot luck. £59 is a bit much to not be sure of what you are getting. Maybe like another reviewer I was unlucky! I love all the other Balvenies I have tried but this is just not good.
Martin D , United Kingdom
one year ago
So delicious, fantastic scotch.
Peter , United Kingdom
one year ago
Whiskey that doubles the sweetness
It is fragrant and has a deep taste and flavor that cannot be compared with doublewood. Double wood also has a strong vanilla and sweet scent, but if I had to choose, I would choose the single barrel. It's hard to find in Korea, so I bought it at the expense of a tax bomb and to be a bottle junkie. It seems like an option that will not disappoint. If the liquor tax was even a little cheaper, I would have bought several bottles, but that's a bit of a disappointment. This is a really good whiskey.
NURI H , Korea, Republic Of
2 years ago
This is a complete single malt
Clyde J , United States
2 years ago
A decent dram
Well...first Balvenie single barrel and two drams in I find it a bit one-dimensional; doesn’t offer the complexity of a 12yo Glenallachie or a 12yo Tobermory. A decent dram without setting off the fireworks!
Alastair , Canada
3 years ago
Very good indeed.
Recently opened my first bottle of this & first taste was pretty uneventful (sour & spice).
A drop of water opened it up slightly, adding a little sweetness.
It was the 2nd glass that it came to life & offered a lovely sweet spiciness along with citrus, tropical fruits, coconut & for a moment what I thought tasted like a fresh baked fruit cake :P
Top stuff !!
LEE F , United Kingdom
3 years ago
whisky as it should be
what a belter of a dram . smooth as silk and bursting with flavour . quite similar to glen garioch 12 ( which is a huge compliment) Really benefits from higher abv and being non chill filtered. Delicious whisky , dangerously moreish
Master of Malt Customer
3 years ago
My god, some of the pretentious rubbish by people below.

It's a fantastic whisky, just try it if you haven't already.
Master of Malt Customer
3 years ago

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