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Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

charred Dundee cake? Excuse me?

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@WTCReview by @WTC

19th Nov 2011

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the doublewood is the entry level Balvenie. It is a sherry finish (as opposed to the signature, which combines some sherried whisky). It is available in supermarkets and airports and retails around £32, although is often discounted (currently £25 in my local Morrisons!). Balvenie make 5.6 million litres of spirit a year, none of which goes into blends. So by inference this is a big international seller.

Nose: Much lighter than expected. Oranges. Spicy and lightly charred Dundee cake. Taste: Light sherry, with lighter vanillas soon becoming apparent, as is a light nuttiness and the juicy Seville oranges which becomes slightly bitter at the end.

Overall, this is a highly drinkable whisky with a classic Speyside taste profile. Stock up in Morrisons!

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Newkophile commented

Slight correction. Balvenie does contribute to a blend, however one that is a vatted malt, i.e., a whisky composed of 2+ single malts. That vatted or blended malt is Monkey Shoulder which also contains Glenfiddich as well as Kininvie (sp?) malts.

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