Balvenie

Balvenie Doublewood 17 yo

August 15, 2013
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While having a superb nose, this older Doublewood version does not quite reach the quality of the almost legendary 12 year old. But go for it, if you like spicy drams. – Rating: 85/100

Balvenie Tun 1858 Batch 1

July 7, 2013
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One of the finest noses I have ever smelled, and the palate is almost on the same level. It is not really a sherry bomb, the whisky part is just as prominent. Not exactly cheap, though. – Rating: 92/100

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5

May 30, 2013
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A very enjoyable whisky with many interesting flavours to explore, one the finish could be a bit longer. – Rating: 85/100

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 4

June 29, 2012

This really could be a great whisky, but there is a bitter element on the palate that I found a bit unpleasant. – Rating: 84/100

Balvenie 14 yo Golden Cask

August 26, 2011
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This really needs some water to fully open up. Then it turns from a rather generic dram into a pleasant experience. – Rating: 84/100

Balvenie 12 yo Signature

April 30, 2011
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Not as fruity as the Double Wood, the second entry level bottling of Balvenie is more on the sweet and spicy side. It’s an enjoyable dram, but I prefer the former. – Rating: 82/100

Balvenie 21 yo Port Wood

May 31, 2010
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This malt has got that “old-fashioned” taste you associate with sitting in a heavy leather chair in front of a warm fireplace. Very nice. – Rating: 87/100

Balvenie 15 yo Single Barrel

May 30, 2010
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A quite enjoyable malt, but that slight bitter note keeps it from being really good. Might be just that particular cask, though. – Rating: 84/100

Balvenie Double Wood 12 yo

October 13, 2009
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This whisky has a marvelous nose, the palate is a bit weaker but still quite complex. Not at all “woody” despite the name. Very good return for the price. – Score: 86/100