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Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

Beautiful nose, the rest is ok...

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

18th May 2016


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NOSE: delicious nose with fruit, honey, vanilla cream in a well-balanced marriage with sherry-inspired aromas. It does deliver that "doublewood" it promises on the nose. Other notes: overripe banana; a touch of green apple (Granny Smith?; toffee;

TASTE: slightly oily, vanilla, very smooth, not a lot going on; hint of fresh pastry;

FINISH: swift, and sadly so. Nothing to write home about.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: this whisky smells amazingly delicious! When you smell it - your mouth waters. However, this lovely nose really does this whisky a disservice by raising up one's expectations of taste. The taste itself is lacking in flavor big time. It is nice, but it is definitely a put-down after such a promising, interesting nose. The finish is nowhere to be found which only added to my disappointment with the taste. In summary, Doublewood is a downward spiral experience.

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Victor commented

Balvenie 12 Doublewood has been very batch variable. Some batches are very good indeed, others good, others "meh". Take a taste of the Balvenie 17 Doublewood if you can. Great whisky. Double the price at least, though.

Also, if your 12 Doublewood leaves a lot to be desired, give it a lot of air time. I had a completely "meh" bottle which became quite good after 18+ months of open bottle air time.

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Georgy commented

@Victor Thank you for the advice! I'm afraid the 17-year old version is way too much than I'm prepared to pay for a whisky of this age.

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