Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood
Web Exclusive Price £38.45 £32.04 ex VAT (£54.93 per litre)
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One of the classic after-dinner malts, Balvenie Doublewood's extra complexity and richness are a result of a second maturation in fresh sherry casks. Great stuff.
Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old
Cask Type
Sherry Finish


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Black Pepper Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Raspberry Raspberry
  • Milk Chocolate Milk Chocolate
  • Stewed Fruit Stewed Fruit

Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Chocolate and raspberry aromas, with rich brioche and stewed cherries.

    Palate: Cherries and raspberries combine with sponge cake, spicy cinnamon and black pepper.

    Finish: Sweet spice, red fruit, rich sponge cake.

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Chocolate and raspberry aromas, with rich brioche and stewed cherries.

    Palate: Fresh red fruits - cherries and raspberries - combine with sponge-cake mix and cinnamon and a sprinkling of black pepper. Quite a big-flavoured dram, but balanced.

    Finish: Sweet spice, red fruits, rich sponge cake.

  • Producer's Notes

    Nose: Sweet fruit and oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.

    Palate: Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours – nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.

    Finish: Long and warming.

82 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    11 days ago

    I am fairly new to scotch but this may very well be the best tasting single malt I've tried thus far. Sweet, rich, and full flavor. Decent price point here in Canada. Will buy more.

  • 3
    1 July

    Overrated for the price. A little bit bitter.

  • 5
    25 June

    I absolutely adore this whisky. For the price point, the quality is unparalleled in its complexity.

  • 5
    22 June

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Balvenie Double wood.

  • 5
    7 June

    Excellent whiskey!!

  • 5
    29 May

    I love The Balvennie Doublewood. I Can't wait to try The Carribean Cask. It's like family! True and trusted. Outguns much more expensive tipples. Went to Bloisdales recently and was fazed by their scotch directory. It was like a phone book. Chose my old favourite and it was like meeting up with an old friend ! ! ! A top scotch

  • 5
    21 May

    Nice & smooth.

  • 4
    21 April

    I still think Macallan might be smoother to drink neat, but this is an outstanding value and, I think, a step up from slightly-generic labels like Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. I'll always have a soft spot for those whiskies but The Balvenie is something special.

  • 4
    15 April

    I'm a fan. Goes down smooth, awesome flavors. For the price, it can't be beat.

  • 4
    13 April

    Good value for the money.

  • 4
    5 March

    Great scotch! I brought a 5cl miniature bottle last week and really enjoyed it! Huge honey, malt and sherry style fruits coming through.. perfect for sipping with friends in front of the fire.. if it's ever on offer I'll make sure I buy a bottle! (Or two.. I can see this going down quite quickly in my house!) great stuff

  • 4
    9 February

    One of our best with my son.

  • 3
    7 February

    Overbearing sweetness kills everything else and not really worth the price tag of around ?37. If you like syrupy sweetness in your whisky go for Johnnie Walker Black Label instead and pay between 10 and 17 pounds less.

  • 5
    24 January

    Smooth and fruity enjoyed every sip

  • 5
    14 January

    one of the best i"ve ever tasted fr

  • 5
    27 December 2016

    Stayed in stonefield castle near Tarbet for xmas had Balvenie every night it was excellent will definitely be buying it again.

  • 5
    25 December 2016

    Very nice taste and good notes. Smooth and fruity aftertaste.

  • 5
    1 December 2016

    Leaving aside the lyrical palate of comparisons (mainly because they get on my nerves) - this is a lovely drop of single malt scotch. It's light, slightly sweet, but does leave a nice long warm after-taste that isn't smoky. If you like those heavy peaty whiskies - you won't like this one. If you like lighter, more fragrant ones - this is a belter.

  • 4
    24 September 2016

    Drinking neat: musky wood, milk chocolate & orange, honey, fruit, grape, cherry, cereal, vanilla custard, spicy, sherry, decadent, sweet, burnt sugar, birthday candle, short finish. A very enjoyable little speyside. It's very similar to a Brandy with the fruits and spice but the added vanilla custard, honey round it out and make it its own. Drinking neat (let sit for 1 hour): It has definitely become more Brandy like. It has mellowed and the flavors have meld into a syrupy, fruity, vanilla substance. The milk chocolate and musky wood as faded. I tastes better without sitting but this is still very good.

  • 3
    18 August 2016

    Fairly thick coatline and legs run slowly, indicating high viscosity. Nose-very sweet, figs, sultanas, estery, vanilla, caramel, honey, citrus coming through,, oaky, sulphur coming through if left to air for 20 mins or more, probably due to burning of sulphur candles to fumigate the Oloroso casks. Sweetness diiminishes a fair bit after 30mins or more. Palate-very sweet, Demerara sugar, caramel, honey, a little spicy. Finish-short to medium length. Sweetness dominates. Conclusion - IMO too sweet, would be interesting to know which fill went into the American oak casks first. At one point I thought I caught s little smoke, but could be my imagination.

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