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The Balvenie, 12yo


The Balvenie distillery is settled in the very heart of the Speyside area. The distillery has been built in 1892 from an old manor from the 18th century. The first distillation took place in 1893. Very few has changed since that time, and the distillery is really proud of its roots, and does everything it can to preserve it. The stills come from the Lagavulin and Glen Albyn distilleries, because the distillery wanted to be sure the stills are working and producing a good spirit.

The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. During its period of maturation The Balvenie Doublewood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt - the traditional casks, having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.

Tasting notes - the smell : honey, fruity, with a strong hint of pear.
The taste : again pear. Soft sherry tones, smooth and mellow.

Not overall impressive, this is a nice and mellow malt though, presenting a enjoyable daily dram.