Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood
Web Exclusive Price £37.95 £31.63 ex VAT (£54.21 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.

100 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    9 days ago

    One of the hidden gems around this ultra smooth outstanding flavour is undoubtedly one of the finest Scottish whiskey on the market price reasonable taste stands alone cheers!

  • 5
    4 January

    Nice beginner whiskey. Not too complex, and easy drinking. Love the spicy finish.

  • 5
    2 January

    Good quality whisky. Flavours are robust. Gold colour. Favourite Scotch by far. Better than any Bourbon.

  • 5
    31 December 2017

    This is a solid, great scotch, with big, rich flavors!

  • 4
    30 December 2017

    Wonderfully sweet (almost bourbony although not like the real bourbony ones) and also complicated, with deep chocolate and leathery notes, maybe some nutty cake and stewed fruit; just spilled some down my chin while nosing for this review, a good sign, one supposes. Better-tasting than my favored glenmorangies; if less complex than some macallans, also sweeter and less dry. Must blind-compare w highland parks. Tastier than most other similar singles. Among the very very top typical sweet speysides, w/ zero peatiness.

  • 5
    29 December 2017

    Just working on a bottle of Balvenie Doublewood. I ran into this single malt with a group of friends. I had Glennmorangie 10 year to share and there was a bottle of Balvenie as well. I tried the Balvenie and fell in love with it. It was smooth and aromatic. It was a bit sweet buttery and spicy on the nose. The palate was extremely smooth and thick, very soft. It was a bit sharp but not unpleasant on the finish very warm and spicy but sweet. It is a very good dram with a lot of history and tradition. I find the price a bit steep but it has been dropping a bit. Still it is well worth the $$ to have some at the above price I recommend it to a newer scotch drinker that may want a sweet soft malt that has unique flavor and character. Remember a life in kilts is the best life to have

  • 5
    28 December 2017

    Smooth taste

  • 4
    28 December 2017

    hot glass pour whisky.. drink it warm thats how i like it.... very nice:)

  • 5
    24 December 2017


  • 4
    17 December 2017

    Very good flavor , smooth but sophisticated ,

  • 5
    17 December 2017

    A definite contender. Just when I thought I would never find a whisky compete with Japanese whisky the Scottish prove me wrong. This is the best Scotch I've ever had. Not at all harsh. The colour is good and the flavours subtle. Has a Bourbon character.

  • 5
    10 December 2017

    This is a perfect pre dinner drink. If these negative reviews are correct, perhaps they were inbibing a bit too much?

  • 1
    12 November 2017

    Save your mo ey and nuy something else, thin one dimensional and finish....what finish. Perhaps on of the worst i've ever had.

  • 3
    28 October 2017

    Underwhelmed by this one. Great introductory dram. Very mild. I expected more character, after reading various reviews. Highland Park 12 offers much more complexity and depth, for the money. If you’re new to single malts, or just enjoy all sweet and no peat or smoke, you’ll enjoy this one.

  • 5
    27 October 2017

    Excellent smooth appealing taste . Tried for the 1st time , and now I’ve found a whisky that has a perfect taste and balance . Drunk neat as any worthy whiskey should be , I can only say good things .

  • 5
    14 October 2017

    Like warm hay on a dewdrop summer day, naaah I just like the taste of it, smooth more like a good Brandy than a whiskey

  • 5
    4 September 2017

    Packaged well shipping was fast exceptional taste

  • 5
    9 August 2017

    My favorite whiskey! The cherry oak gives the whiskey a great color and an amazing taste.

  • 5
    9 July 2017

    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 2017

    Overrated for the price. A little bit bitter.

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