The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Years Old ~ 40% (William Grant & Sons Ltd.)

40% ABV, £30-£35 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

Balvenie Dblwd 12yo

What they say:

The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two wood types. Over the period of maturation it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt ~ the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.

NOSE: Sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.

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

FINISH: Long and Warming

What I say:

The stereotypical Balvenie classic, much admired and for good reason. The Balvenie Doublewood was one of those first whisky bottle finds where I knew I had stumbled by pure luck onto something affordable and fantastic.


Full amber gold


Manuka honey, toffee and caramel, cereal barley malt, fruity raisin hints


Sweet heather and maunka honey, toffee, caramel, oak, cereal barley malt, vanilla with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg spice, light sultanas and raisins


Dry, sweet medium length, more of the sherried spices develop


A cracking entry level dram that instilled a deep love of The Balvenie distillery expressions here at The Whiskyphiles. This perennial classic is a much-touted first dram or gift-bottle suggestion for those who are newer to whisky. We still love it to this day.

Sampled at The Balvenie Craft in Motion Tour & The Balvenie Whisky Fete Edinburgh