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Review: Hi everyone! This is my first whisky review here, so please, don't be hypercritical about it. It was my first “the Balvenie” experience, but I’m sure you, that before I review it, I'm having a couple of dram of it every evening during last days and making some notes, so now here they are in one review. I have to say, that I am big fan of Glenmorangie distillers talent, but The Balvenie single malt double wood 12Yo impressed me a lot in a good sense of this word from the very beginning - when I take a bottle to my hand at first time and till the last finish taste of it's dram. I do like the bottle form very much (it similar to 17 century mixture bottle, gives your winery absolute otherwise view, more charming I say), the color of liquid and of cause the content of it. Just yesterday by the true way of miracle I was able to bought the Glencairn Glass here in Kiev, Ukraine. So at the same evening I was ready to explore all the diversity of whisky-emotions in a rightfully way! Okay let's do it.
Color: rich, intensive amber-honey, not typical for 12 Y.o but more for 15-18 y.o. is
Nose: sherry, dried fruits, duchess pear, shade of vanilla and quite a bit of haze Palate: smooth, well balanced, roundish, though enough but without any alcohol kick at all, pretty sweet with fruits and lights of vanilla cream with sherry Finish: long, warm, with floral-fruits notes and light flavor of smoked oak at the end
WITH A FEW ICE DROPS: it become smoother and less alcoholicity, more fruits and creamy Nose: less sherry, more dried fruits, apple, creamy, vanilla has become much more expressive and now there are traces of peach. Palate: smooth, well balanced, roundish, sweet with hints of apple, little bit of spices, dried fruits, sherry, light flavor of smoked oak moved to very end Finish: long, warm, satisfying, sweet, with not intrusive flavor of smoked oak and sherry at the end
Summation: exceptional malt, very palatable and drinkable whisky, pleasure emotions guaranteed, recommend, but be careful with ice drops cause you may ruin all the nose and taste symphony. Great scotch single malt 12 yo!