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Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

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Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo Bottling Note

Balvenie DoubleWood is, to not much surprise, aged in two kinds of oak casks! It was firstly matured in refill American oak casks before it was treated to a finish in first fill European oak Oloroso sherry butts for an additional nine months. The expression was launched in 1993, and has become a somewhat iconic bottling over the years. Even at 12 years old, this rich and complex dram is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Gristy, supple nuttiness intertwined with spices. Honeyed sultanas and grapes. Hugely inviting.

Palate: Sweet with good body. The bourbon characters develop; gentle spice with a little vanilla, a hint of balancing peat lurking quietly in the substrata. Dried fruit too, combining with nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, back into the bourbon notes - so well integrated.

Finish: Spicy, slightly drying, still sweet.

Overall: A classic, always a pleasure to revisit. (This is also a single malt with the ability to convert a non-whisky drinker with its deliciousness...)

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Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old Reviews

Always stocked in my bar.

I enjoy this drink specifically for the lack of Peat. This is my afternoon delight when relaxing by the fire. The flavors are what I'm looking for when poured over the rocks.

23rd December 2020

Would drink again, if offered in a social setting. Will not buy again unless the peat profile increases significantly.

Just picked up a bottle yesterday - taking advantage of a $10 price discount. Not peaty enough for me. Tried again today, hoping my palate had changed. It may have, but I'm still not detecting peat.

12th December 2020

Great value

One of my favorites.
And at the price point
Definitely a best Best buy

3rd December 2020


I am not a fan of single malts but this Balvenie DW 12yo is
above the average. I shouldn't buy it too often 😃

1st December 2020

Possibly my favourite

Sweet and accessible but with good depth of flavour. An absolute classic

31st October 2020

Smooth, sweet and flowery, bordering on cognac.

A malt which will probably be enjoyed more by smooth cognac lovers than hardened Scotch enthusiasts.

Fortunately, I love them both - and this is just a bridge between 2 lovers!

3rd October 2020

Has it changed?

Echo the last couple of reviews. The last bottle I got is totally different to the one prior, to the point where I’ve been wondering if I’ve ended up with a fake (not bought from here I must stress!) Really disappointed.

25th September 2020

Not as good as before

I don’t know if they changed something but it used to be smooth with sherry and floral notes. Now it’s quite smoky.

21st September 2020

Not good. Don’t like it anymore

I have been drinking the double wood 12 yr for many years. The last bottle I bought is so different. Prior the scotch had floral notes where this latest bottle has very smoking overtones. I am not liking this so will think twice about buying it again.

11th September 2020


I used to love the Balvenie Doublewood but haven't had in awhile. Just picked up a bottle and it is peaty! Never had this taste profile before (or this much peat). Did they mistakenly bottle one of their peat week styles in this? Anyone experience this? Weird.

5th September 2020

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