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Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel

Cask #12678, Bottle #111

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@AKGcandlefishReview by @AKGcandlefish

8th Sep 2013

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    24
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    91

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Color: honey gold.

Nose: wonderfully sweet. Gobs of orange blossom honey poured generously over Greek vanilla yogurt. Surprisingly tropical too with bits of coconut and pineapple. Adding a little water brings us back to northern latitudes with hints of mountain pine.

Body: medium and creamy smooth.

Palate: powerful oaky vanilla and rich caramel, with a dash of dark chocolate bitterness and spicy cinnamon.

Finish: long and full of buttered oatmeal and decadent cocoa.

At $75, this whisky had to be excellent, and it was, without question. I tried this first in a blind tasting with friends, and everyone guessed (accurately) that it was the most expensive bottle in the bunch, and it was rated the favorite of the night, just edging out the Laphroaig Triple Wood. This is my new favorite Balvenie. I loved the DoubleWood 17 but experienced some sticker shock over its $150 price tag. By contrast, this one feels like a steal. Buy it now.

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9 comments

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

Nice review. I have a bottle of this, Cask #12692, Bottle #193 and it is very good. Lots of honey, vanilla and oak. Very nice indeed and it has improved as the bottle has gotten lower. As much as I'd like to grab a bottle of the Doublewood 17, I too have sticker shock at $135 in my neck of the woods. Im sure one day I'll bite, though. Thanks for the review.

8 years ago 0

@AKGcandlefish
AKGcandlefish commented

Yeah, here the DW17 is twice the price of the SB12, but it definitely isn't twice as good. Any fan of Balvenie should try it sometime. Super sweet and rich. But I'd rather two bottles of this than one of those!

8 years ago 0

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

Yeah I gotta try the 17 DW. How is it compared to the regular 12 DW? Would you rather have 2 bottles of the 12 DW or one of the 17 DW?

8 years ago 0

@AKGcandlefish
AKGcandlefish commented

I've never had a full bottle of the DW12. I've only had a few drams here and there socially and have never had the opportunity to conduct a proper review. It seems like a really solid entry-level (under $50) whisky, but not terribly complex, whereas the 17 was very rich and complex. I could pick up a DW12 for $45. If the 17 cost $90, I'd easily go for that over two of the 12, but again, I might be selling the 12 short, since I haven't spent a ton of time with it.

I'd also say I like the 12 Single Barrel significantly more than the 15, though I'd be willing to give the 15 another shot.

8 years ago 0

@AKGcandlefish
AKGcandlefish commented

When I originally tried the 15, I found it to be pretty overrated.

8 years ago 0

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

Definitely give the 15 SB another shot. As much as I like 12 SB, I enjoy the 15 SB even more. Though with both it depends on the individual cask.

8 years ago 0

gibbsjim commented

This new 12 yr SB is just great and it is every bit as good as the 15 yr SB. Every Balvenie lover should buy this one. It is complex with great balance and smooth with a nice kick to it. I will buy another bottle!

8 years ago 0

gibbsjim commented

My bottle number 74 of the 12 yr old Single Barrel was from Cask 12678 also. I can't say enough about how I enjoyed it! In several trips to liquor stores I noticed that most all bottles from Cask Numbers 12700 and up have a very light color nothing like the rich copper color from Cask 12678. Can any members shed some light on this issue? I bought a bottle of the lighter colored stuff but haven't opened it. I doubt it will taste anything like mine from Cask 12678 which I bought in Florida. It was just great and I agree with the 91 rating!

7 years ago 0

@FMichael
FMichael commented

Had a hefty dram of the Balvenie 12 yr Single Barrel last night...If anyone enjoys a vanilla rich dram - this is the one to get, and it's worthy of a score in the 90's.

7 years ago 0

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