Balvenie DoubleWood 12

Balvenie DoubleWood Aged 12 Years

This is a single malt Scotch whisky. What exactly does that mean?

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It’s a Scotch whisky distilled (i) at a single distillery (ii) from water and malted barley without the addition of any other cereals, and (iii) by batch distillation in pot stills.

And it is a Speyside, so it is distilled in the Speyside region of Scotland.

The Balvenie Distillery is a distillery of William Grant & Son.

This whisky has been aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, and then in Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks for an additional nine months.

Nose: Quite unexpectedly there was very little nose.

Color: light gold.

Balvenie Doublewood 12
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Palate: Has a smooth, classic single malt flavor. Some honey sweetness, yet not a sherry bomb. Almost a nice sponge cake taste, and black pepper spice bite. The oak influence is very  restrained.  There is a slight sharpness on the rear palate. Eating this with spicy food highlights fruity flavors from within the whiskey.

I know that single malts – made from only barley – have many fans, but they just don’t grip me as much as whiskys made with a variety of grains.  Fans of single malts may love this. Other whisky drinkers won’t find as much to appreciate. So here are some other takes on this Scotch:

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