Balvenie 12 Year Old
Single Barrel First Fill

70cl / 47.8%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Balvenie 12 Year Old / Single Barrel First Fill
Web Exclusive Price £44.25 £36.88 ex VAT
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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.

Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old
Cask Type


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Honey Honey
  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Toast Toast
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Apple Apple
  • Coconut Coconut

Balvenie 12 Year Old Reviews

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.

5 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    6 March

    Kudos for Balvenie showing for affordable price what first fill bourbon casks can do for malt whisky. Some best qualities of bourbon matured malts are evident here. Lots of flavors and some real complexity. Unfortunately Balvenie has left lots of flavors on the table by chillfiltering and probably adding some artificial coloring. Whisky lover can only ask why!

  • 5
    7 January

    Outstanding. It''s Balvenie so expect fruit and flavor on the palate. However a nice warmth and smooth burn follows the initial and lingers. The way the palate contrasts the finish makes it complex and sophisticated enough to justify the price. For 65.00 you open yourself to so many find many single malts, but this one is a steady force that should be a regular stay in anyone''s collection. When you want salt, peat, smoke and all brooding man, get yourself Lagavulin. When you want to celebrate the fat that you made it through another week of work, this is it. Could possibly be a Saturday night dram too. However, this is not your special moment dram or wanting to create a little memory for yourself dram. Have to spend about twenty more for that. Getting me?

  • 5
    25 July 2014

    This is a great whisky. Light and fruity. The first time I have tried a Balvenie but am now a fully paid-up convert.

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    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.

  • 16 October 2013

    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.