Balvenie single-malt Scotches are produced by William Grant & Sons, Speyside, Scotland — in the shadow of Balvenie Castle.
- Age … 12-year
- Variety … Single-malt Scotch whisky
- Region … Speyside, Scotland
- Price Point … $45
The Vendor’s Claim
- “The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. Over its period of maturation it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt ~ the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.” TheBalvenie.com.
- Appearance & Aroma … The initial aroma from the bottle was understated: It did not fill the room with the scent of Scotch, but it did have a softer and gentler nose than I had anticipated. Color is an orange-amber. 7/10
- First Sip … Initial impression — thinness. Not weakness, per se, but thinness, as if it were less viscous than I’d expect a Scotch to be. The first sip went down smoothly, though, with a respectable degree of balance; no single flavor disrupted the harmony of the whole. 6/10
- Flavor … Mild smokiness permeated the flavor, which — again — was rather understated. Hints of licorice and orange with a spicy tinge. 8/10.
- Aftertaste … Warm and pleasant, with flavors on the front of the tongue reminiscent of black cardamom. Aftertaste subsided after an appropriate amount of time. 8/10
- Bottom of the Bottle … This Scotch remained consistent throughout. 9/10
- The Balvenie brand is jealously guarded by its distiller, and for good reason. This single-malt Speyside Scotch is smooth as an infant’s buttocks and considerably more tasty. It does not overpower, although perhaps it could be stronger — but for the price, it’s a decent Scotch.
The VLO Satisfaction Index
- This Scotch scores a 76 percent satisfaction rating. The Balvenie DoubleWood delivers solid performance. It does not lead the pack, but nor does it lag toward the rear.
Reviewed by Jason Gillikin.