Balvenie 12 Year Old Signature
Batch 4

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Balvenie 12 Year Old Signature / Batch 4
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Balvenie Signature 12yo replaced the fondly-remembered Founders Reserve 10yo as the staple in the distillery's range. This is a marriage of Sherry, Bourbon and Refill casks and, as always with Balvenie, it's a polished, mellow whisky to relax with.

Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
12 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Nutmeg Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Honey Honey
  • Oak Oak
  • Dried Fruit Dried Fruit

Balvenie 12 Year Old Signature Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes from whisky-pages.com (Gavin D. Smith)

    Rich and malty on the nose, with characteristically insinuating notes of spice, dried fruits, vanilla and honey. Becoming increasingly floral, with soft toffee and a hint of sweet Sherry as it warms in the glass.

    Full-bodied on the palate, yet with classic Balvenie smoothness and grace. Vanilla, honey, Sherried cinnamon, nutmeg and a whiff of smoke merge beautifully. The finish is long with spicy oak. A great whisky. David Stewart has performed his magic once again!

  • Tasting Notes by Dr Whisky

    Not unlike the 10yo Founder's Reserve (discontinued come 2009) in its restrained richness with orange oil, honey, a touch of smoke, and a slight sherry influence of dried fruits.

    Mellow and fruity. Some kind of spiciness, too. Toasty, vanilla-ed and laundry fresh, with a medium short finish of oak and outdoorsy spice.

    SUMMARY:

    Compact and complex, although pinpointing particular flavours is a challenge as they are all bound up in each other. The kind of well-constructed whisky that reveals a new aroma, taste or impression every sip. The 18% sherry casks used in this whisky make their mark, but gently, like the Founder's Reserve. Available in small releases, who knows how each batch will vary?

    [These notes are taken from drwhisky.blogspot.com]

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Nose: Rich and complex with honey, citrus fruits and vanilla oak notes.

    Taste: Rich and honeyed with a hint of sherry fruitiness.  A spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg and a subtle oakiness develop with time.  The finish is warm and lingering.

20 Customer Reviews

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  • 5 November 2013

    Excellent, very close to the Triple Wood Balvenie.

  • 5 April 2013

    The Best Whiskey i have ever drunk ,and i never spend big money over 40 pounds never , but this was the biz for me ,

  • 22 November 2012

    Very nice.

  • 18 March 2012

    I posted recently about Batch 4 released in the US and really liked that bottling. My friends and I finished that one quickly. I returned to my favorite store for more of it and they just got in Batch 5 and all the Batch 4's were gone. I think Batch 5 was actually better than the 4. It wasn't as harsh as the 4 but had a nice spicey kick to it that was great and balanced with a nice sherry influence. Great scotch for the price. My wife 's son just loved it.

  • 9 March 2012

    Love the DW Signature. For a long time it was my favourite - and is still right up there. A big step up from the regular DW in terms of both smoothness and complexity. Very subtle and almost 'thin' - extremely drinkable. Affordable too.

  • 25 February 2012

    I just tried Batch 4 released at 43% alcohol in the US. This is an excellent dram and a lot like Batches 1 and 2 with a nice light sherry influence but with some body to it. For the price point you can't beat this one and is better than the current Doublewood. The early Doublewood's were just superb but they have fallen off quite a lot in the last few years. This Signature and the 15 year old Single Barrel are my favorites in The Balvenie for affordable quality scotch tasting.

  • 24 February 2012

    Woah ! Along the lines of a Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old, wholly flavoursome, a little harsh maybe, but that's what i liked about it. Was a toss-up between this and Monkey Shoulder at the time, and i got this. No regrets.

  • 25 January 2012

    Batch #4. There is a sherry influence on the nose but it is fairly light. Some honey there too and plenty of malty biscuits. To taste, this is mellowness personified with plesent malty flavours and subtle dried fruit. The finish is modest and lightly spiced. One to drink on an evening when you aren't looking for big peat or sherry influences.

  • 10 December 2011

    A step up from the Double Wood, not an awful lot to say about it, it's a very good price for a very enjoyable whiskey. One i'll always re-buy when I run out.

  • 4 December 2011

    Delicious an smooth. Absolute delight and one of the better single malts I have had the pleasure of drinking

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