Balvenie 12 Year Old / Single Barrel First Fill

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Balvenie 12 Year Old / Single Barrel First Fill
70cl / 47.8%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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A 2013 addition to The Balvenie's range, as a younger sibling to the 15 year old single cask. This is exclusively matured in first fill bourbon casks and each bottle is part of a batch that is at most 300 bottles - all taken from the same cask.
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Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Billy A

Nose: Lots of syrupy honey up front, with floral notes, sweet apples, toasted oats, lightly coconutty Nice biscuits and dry straw, along with a bit of cinnamon syrup hiding underneath.

Palate: Very Balvenie – buttered toast with honey, cinnamon sugar, vanilla cream and caramel, backed up by a bit of fruit and some light, well balanced wood.

Finish: A touch of drying apple skin, more Nice biscuits, a hint of sour wood and a little bit of liquorice sweetness.

Comment: This very much does what it says on the (very prettily designed) tin – it’s classic bourbon cask Balvenie, biscuity and honeyed, and very easy drinking. A great alternative to DoubleWood and Signature for those who like their whisky without the heaviness of sherry.

Tasting Notes by Tim F

Nose: A nice meadowy honey aroma, quite powerful. Develops lots of caramel, sweet orange, vanilla oak and chocolate notes with time in the glass, along with a pleasant leafiness and pine sap.

Palate: Sweet and sappy straight off the bat, with strong creamy vanilla and then the honey. Cocoa / milk chocolate in mid-palate on a bed of freshly-sawn oak, then some orange liqueur hints. Water releases a note of condensed milk and tinned fruit salad.

Finish: Medium-length, more fruit now – green apples and tinned pears.

Comment: First Fill Bourbon Cask. You know what you’re getting and this Balvenie definitely delivers in textbook style. The increasing number of fans of this style of whisky should be very happy with this.

Customer Reviews:(3 reviews)
This is a great whisky. Light and fruity. The first time I have tried a Balvenie but am now a fully paid-up convert.
- Geoffrey Cook, 25th July
Well what can I say about this very special single malt except that it is the best whiskey I have had. The aroma is amazing the taste is truly devine, the price is great to. All from a Distillary which works traditionally, hats of to all at the Balvenie. You must try this malt.
- Dhiren, 23rd June
The 12 yr Single Barrel was a complete surprise for me after spending way too much for the 17 yr Doublewood. This new Doublewood was a total disappointment whereas the new 12 yr was very special. This one has great complexity and balance with some kick to it. I loved the 15 yr Single Barrel and still do but this new offering is at least as good or even better. A long time Balvenie lover going back to the days of the Classic.
- Jim Gibbs, 16th Oct '13
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