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Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

#1 Balvenie 12 Doublewood

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@wh_skymanReview by @wh_skyman

19th Sep 2009


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Nice sweet nose. First sip was a little disappointing I got the sherry notes - wasn't getting smooth and mellow - more body and more a bit of burning feel than I was expecting. However as the glass went down and drank slower certainly got the positive warming finish. But I'm a novice so probably mostly talking crap.

Might try something a little lighter next time. Any recommendations?

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By the time you're half way through this you'll be really enjoying, I know I did.

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breitak67 commented

The Balvenie isn't necessarily a good starter scotch. It has a strong flavor - a lot of wood notes come through loud and clear. Glenfiddich is a better starter - it is relatively unremarkable and while its blandness can make it a bit boring after a while, it makes it an ideal gateway to the larger scotch world that lies beyond. Once you reach that stage, you are ready to try The Balvenie again.

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Delivecancer commented

I'd like to second 'breitak67' and add to the list of ones to start with The Glenlivet (12yo). As a light, perhaps girly, scotch it is a good key to open some doors in the world of whisky.

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