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Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

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@maxreclineReview by @maxrecline

10th Nov 2011


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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?

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Victor commented

@maxrecline, I gave Balvenie Doublewood the same grade which you did in my review of it. My reviewed bottle has never impressed me in a good way. That said, my sister has a bottle of it which tastes much better than my bottle. These are probably batch variations. It does happen with whiskies. I've learned to be cautious about the fact that two bottles of the same whisky may taste rather different from one another.

9 years ago 0

bvburnes commented

Thank you for your review! I haven't written notes for the Balvenie 12 Double Wood because I wondered if I was losing my mind. The sour/bitter thing you describe is killing me!

8 years ago 0

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