BALVENIE 12yo Single barrel.

A couple of years back Balvenie released a younger version of the fantastic 15yo single barrel ( bourbon cask ) the 12yo first fill single barrel was born, each bottle is drawn from a single first fill bourbon cask that has matured for at least 12years.. These bottles are quite unique in that there is only a maximum 300 bottles from each cask and all numbered by hand.. Released at 47.8% abv, these bottles do give a great insight into what Balvenie can offer..


The bottle on review is bottle 116 from cask 12798, as said it is 47.8%, it is NCF and natural colour..

Nose.. An instant sweetness caresses the nose, lots of vanilla, caramel and toffee notes along with  some gentle oak and a whisper of coconut..


Palate.. Lots of wood spice, ginger and a subtle nutty flavour is wrapped in a vanilla blanket with toffee and butterscotch sweets.. Subtle stewed fruits covered in a vanilla custard with hints of maple syrup.


Finish.. A rich, spicy lingering finish.


Thoughts.. This is good, very good but I still prefer the 15yo version, it just felt more balanced and more flavoursome.. But that has gone..  This 12yo is fresh and feisty, it gives you a little more of a smack round the chops, more vanilla and quite spicy on the palate.. At close to £50 it is still just about good value although I wouldn’t want to pay a lot more.. Go on spoil yourself..



2 Comments Add yours

  1. J B says:

    Balvenie is one of the best distilleries out there, I love the old 15yo and the newer sherry version, this 12yo is good but it just lacks a little something if you ask me. Great review though.


  2. Sarah says:

    Again an intriguing description of the nose and palate. A wonderful description of the delights in store.

    Your recent reviews have me hankering to sample other whiskies away from my usual peaty types.


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