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The Balvenie 12yr Doublewood

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    12 Years

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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Strictly nothing to complain about, and last time I checked, the price was fair. Perhaps is this expression becoming a little drier, having said that.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: It has enough complexity to keep it interesting and fun, but light enough to fit into almost any occasion. That warm fruit and honey nose that slips into darkly sweet and fruit palate and fades out in equal parts sweet and rustic puts a smile on my face every time.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The whisky is slightly chewy in the middle and finishes with gentle wood spice and raisins. It's a classic for a reason and a good measure of the entire collection Balvenie creates.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The palate pushes all these flavors aggressively, a nougat-like backbone folding in almonds, pumpkin, and some cinnamon. The finish is a bit coarse, a tad gummy, and in today’s market nothing all that fancy… but it’s good enough to tipple on in a pinch.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The silky palate starts out moderately smoky, but glides into a richer, honeyed, nutty profile that finishes with cocoa and clove accents.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: The epitome of a high B+ scotch in my book. A quintessential Speyside that will probably always occupy a place on my shelf. A solid whisky – classic.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: The Balvenie has been around a long time and knows how to make a good Scotch!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The profile, though, is light and delightful and it does bring a good bit of flavor to the table
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: This ever-popular expression of Balvenie is matured for roughly 12 years in ex-bourbon casks and finished for 9 months in Spanish oak oloroso sherry casks
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  • Intro:

    This is a Speyside product that is aged in ex-bourbon for 12yrs and then finished in sherry casks for nine months.

  • Nose:

    Honey and sherry, lots of sherry notes but also mingling with floral scents. Like light wood, or hay, it reminds me of our old barn in the spring. Light and delicious.

  • Taste:

    There's a lot of floral, but also some newly arising citrus. This gives way to honey and mild peppery sherry spice. There's some wood and a little oak spice as well. More sherry creeps in, but gently.

  • Finish:

    It's a little short, but not rough. There's some sherry but a little hot spice which gives way to a little honey. For what it is, I can't really complain.

  • Overall:

    Solid but not phenomenal. I think the only real flaw I can point out is the rapidly escalating price, but that doesn't factor into the rating. The profile, though, is light and delightful and it does bring a good bit of flavor to the table. This will get a 5 and will be my baseline scotch ranking going forward.

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