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I've never seen a bad review of the Balvenie 12 Year Double Wood. I was excited to finally take home a bottle as I had been waiting for room to open up on the shelf.
What greeted me was a nose of sweet vanilla, some grassy/floral suggestions, and unidentified non-citrus fruit (i'm thinking apple). Vanilla and grain were first on the palate, but then it all went sour/bitter and moldy along with pepperish flavors. Lucky for me the finish was fairly short and light vanilla/oak.
The addition of water only increased the bitterness and mold flavor although it did provide the nose with some nice additions I couldn't put my finger on.
Final Analysis: This one is good for the nose but bad for the tongue. That said, there are worse bottles out there at higher prices and the goal is to try them all, right?