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Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

Delightful, until...

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@vrudy6Review by @vrudy6

22nd Feb 2014

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This 12 yr old balances between the vanilla flavors picked-up from the bourbon casks and just enough of the fruitiness and depth from a few months sitting in first-filled sherry butts. Its pleasantly sweet and silky smooth. Vanilla and honey are center stage. Followed by caramel and oak. Then towards the finish, a bitterness starts to develop. Not overwhelmingly, mind you, but its there. And it intensifies in your mouth as you keep drinking it. Thanks to the sweetness of the spirit, that bitterness never goes out of control, but like I said:"its there." Furthermore, its a bit over priced.

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@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

I can relate to your tasting notes, @vrudy6. I never quite understood what all the fuss about the 12yo Double Wood was about. Quite underwhelming, in my opinion.

5 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Agreed. I didn't even find the sweetness you did, and it is needed to balance the wood. High hopes and one of my least favorites. The 17yo fulfills the original expectations, but you have to sell your left arm to get it.

5 years ago 0

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