Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill

  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 47.8%

Balvenie 12 Year Old / Single Barrel First Fill

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Product Description

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.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by the Whisky Exchange

    • Nose

      Syrupy honey up front, with floral notes, sweet apples, toasted oats and coconut.

    • Palate

      Buttered toast with honey, cinnamon sugar, vanilla cream, caramel and sweet fruit.

    • Finish

      Drying apple skin, shortbread and a pinch of liquorice sweetness.

  • 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.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 (19 Reviews)

  • 5


    Sweet and spicy. The best choice among the 12Y whisky

  • 3

    Guy Jones,

    I'm hard-pressed to give more than three stars to this expression, despite my enthusiasm for the Balvenie brand, and, for distillery owner William Grant & Sons. This dram featured loads of alcohol-tinged heat, up front, which overshadowed any other flavors that might be tasted. Vastly inferior, in my opinion, to the excellent, five-star Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask expression.

  • 5


    Absolutely fantastic! I tried this at a bar in the US and it was instantly one of my favorite Scotches. The flavors were just a delight. The finish was my favorite. Pairs well with a steak!

  • 5


    lovley dram.... one of my new favorites 12yo....

  • 3


    Great way of showing the full power of the American Oak casks. I found the sweetness to be slightly overpowering with this one and I wish there was a little more oaky pepperiness to add to its complexity. But my friends love it, and I love serving it to them. The hand numbered bottle leaves great impressions.