Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
Country: Scotch Whisky
Distillation Date: Unknown
Style: Single Malt Whisky
Bottling Date: 1999
Alcohol: 40% by volume
Price: Just under $50.00 usd a bottle
Behind The Booze:
The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a 12 year old single malt which gets ts well known flavor from being matured in two woods. During this period of maturation, The Balvenie Doublewood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt – the traditional casks, having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour. I have heard a lot of good things about this Scotch Whisky but at the same time, many people have also mentioned that it is not nearly as warm as other highlanders – lets see what The Nut things about this spirit!
This is one fine, fine looking Scotch Whisky! I don’t know if I would call it a creamy amber or a deep copper with a bit lighter of color around the edges. The nose to this is just about intoxicating as you can get – hints of caramel, vanilla and oak. Very fruity but with a bit of earthy and woody smells to round it out. Damn – hopefully it drinks as well as it smells!
I don’t normally like sweet scotch, but this one might have me changing my mind! Note – its not candy sweet but a bit ‘sweeter’ than I’m used to. Vanilla, caramel, toffee and a few fruity notes all wrapped up with an oak overtone – this is just great. A nice gentle spice with an added vanilla and peat finish with a bit of warmth to round it out. I wish I could describe this more but I was near the end of my sample before I even started writing down the flavors – that good.
The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old is a great Scotch Whisky – a nice introductory price with a comparable delivery. As I said before, I personally prefer the darker, more oak, leather, earth and peat whisky’s but this spirit brought an unexpected sweetness that really started to grow on me. I love vanilla and a lot of times you will hear or read reviews that certain spirits exhibit this ‘strong vanilla’ flavor although when I taste them, I couldn’t pick out that flavor if my life depended on it. With the Balvenie Doublewood, this flavor profile was easily noticeable but never overwhelming.
As all things in life, this spirit was not without its issues though. The warmth was nice, but seemed to be a bit ‘toned down’ for a highland scotch. Not bad, but again – not what I was expecting. My other main issue was that the Balvenie Doublewood was actually quite dry – not as bad as a red wine but I had to go get a glass of water – not as a chaser but simply as a way to moisten my mouth. Perhaps that is a way to get you to drink more!
None the less, I’d pick up a dram if your wanting to try it but if this sounds like something you’d be into – please give it a try and let me know what you think!
Step back, relax, and enjoy.