Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood
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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 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.

64 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    24 September

    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

    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.

  • 5
    19 July

    One of my favorite.

  • 5
    26 June

    Amazing! My new favorite digestif.

  • 4
    17 May

    "Nose" (undiluted) Roses, sherry and vanilla pleasantly drifts up from the glass. "Palate" (undiluted) Playful call and response between sherry and oranges. Nice raisin, orange chocolate. Some flavor complexity, but not a lot. "Finish" (undiluted) What you are left with is the lingering taste of malted barley and lightly salted, dark, orange chocolate. There is a red winey (probably not a real word, but you know what I mean: wine like) character that works well.

  • 3
    11 May

    You can really smell the oak casks when nosing it. More than any other whisky I've tried. Very smooth, with some fruity notes. Nice finish with no unpleasant aftertaste. A bit overpriced in my region (western Canada) for what you get though. I would probably only buy it again if it was on sale.

  • 4
    23 April

    Like it better than Oban

  • 3
    16 March

    This is a nice whisky certainly drinkable but in my opinion it lacks that one special standout quality that all great whiskies have

  • 2
    17 January

    Really didn't enjoy this whisky, too sweet and unbalanced. Left quite a nasty after taste on the palate. I always try things at least twice so I hope my experience with this whisky will be better.

  • 4
    9 January

    A wonderful single malt.

  • 5
    31 December 2015

    Great stuff... Got given a bottle for Xmas. . Although I'm relatively new to the single malt club this is now my favourite, bottle is almost gone, just enough to see in the new year ??

  • 3
    22 December 2015

    it was nice, and that's it. no disrespect to other opinions and i like to think there's an 'edge' to every dram of good whiskey. with the B 12dw it just feels like it's....there. ok, thanks, see u next year then..

  • 5
    20 October 2015

    Honestly this is a Whisky you have to buy, smooth citrus honey and light oak:) a must have!!!

  • 2
    13 September 2015

    Sharp, sweet and pretty dull to me. No value for money.

  • 4
    26 July 2015

    Balanced, with a lovely honey finish. A typical Speyside Whisky, from an excellent distillery.

  • 5
    1 July 2015

    Very very nice.

  • 4
    19 June 2015

    I''m just getting into whisky. And of the few I''ve tried this is one of the better ones not too harsh and no after burn, which puts some people off whisky. Like I said before just getting into whisky and I''d say price was about right.

  • 5
    9 June 2015

    The sherry cask gives this bags of character. I could quite happily while away an evening with a friend and a bottle of this. Enticingly quaffable.

  • 5
    13 May 2015


  • 5
    21 March 2015

    Bourbon like in flavour and very smooth and fruity on the nose. Not too harsh or peaty/earthy as some single malts can be. The Oak Sherry cask gives it a rounded, balanced taste with sweet and fruity notes. Great on its own, with a dash of ice or water, or a glug of cola on the rocks. One of my favourite singles.

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