Whisky Review: The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Years Old
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: The Balvenie Distillery
- Bottling: William Grant & Sons
- ABV: 40%
- Cost: £37.96
What they say
The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year old single malt whisky gains its distinctive character from being matured in two wood types.
To make The Balvenie DoubleWood, David Stewart MBE takes whisky that has spent at least 12 years in traditional whisky casks, American Oak ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads, and moves it to Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks for an additional nine months.
The whisky is then transferred to large oak vessels called “tuns” for 3-4 months to allow the whiskies to “marry”.
Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt whisky. The traditional casks soften and add delicate character, the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour and the final few months in our tuns allow the whiskies to marry harmoniously.
Official tasting notes:
- 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.
Sampled again in 2017 during The Balvenie Craftsmen’s Dinner Tweet Tasting hosted by Alwynne Gwilt and The Whisky Wire.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark amber gold/Sercial Madeira (9/10), Oily medium-sized tears leave fine legs
- Nose: Fragrant and fruity, hints of cereal malt, honey, well-stewed apple and pear and a hint or raisin give the impression of apple strudel, vanilla and more cereals persist
- Taste: Honey and malted barley, a hint of sherry, sherry trifle, some red and dried fruits, dry spices, cinnamon and tanned leather dryness, heather honey and sweeter woodland honey, dusted vanilla Danish pastries or iced cinnamon buns
- Finish: Medium-long, dry, sweet and slightly mouth-watering
[sic] Still our same overall comments even on re-trying this perennial classic.
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 new to whisky. We still love it to this day.
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