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Balvenie 12 Double Wood

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SKU: 2020HDMA19729 Category: ABV: 40%Bottle Size: 700mlBrands: BalvenieDrink or Keep: Drinker


Balvenie 12 Double Wood is to not much surprise, aged in two kinds of oak casks! It was firstly matured in refill American oak casks, before a finish period in first fill European oak Oloroso sherry butts for an extra nine months. The expression was launched in 1993, and has become a somewhat iconic bottling over the years. Even at 12 years old, this rich and complex dram is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Gristy, supple nuttiness intertwined with spices. Honeyed sultanas and grapes at the same time, hugely inviting.

Palate: Sweet with good body. The bourbon characters develop; Gentle spice with a little vanilla, a hint of balancing peat lurking quietly in the substrata. Dried fruit too, combining with nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, back into the bourbon notes. So well integrated.

Finish: Spicy, slightly drying and sweet.

Overall: A classic, always a pleasure to revisit. Besides, this is also a single malt with the ability to convert a non-whisky drinker with its deliciousness.

Awards for Balvenie 12 Double Wood

  • Gold – Speyside Single Malts up to 12yo – 2015 – The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
  • Bronze – Scotch Single Malt – Speyside – 2019 – IWSC
  • Silver – Scotch Single Malt – Speyside – 2017 – IWSC
  • Silver – Distillers’ Single Malts 12 years and under – 2019 – International Spirits Challenge


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