Tasting notes – The Balvenie

The Balvenie

THE BALVENIE doublewood

THE BALVENIE doublewood

aged 12 years

The Balvenie DoubleWood is aged 12 years
and matured in two different casks.

During maturation The Balvenie DoubleWood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt – the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour. Sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.

The palate is smooth and mellow single malt of beautifully combined flavours – nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry – with a long and warming finish.

THE BALVENIE single barrel aged 15 years


single barrel
aged 15 years

The Balvenie Single Barrel is a 15 year old single malt which is drawn from a single traditional oak whisky cask of a single distillation. Whilst each cask is subtly different, The Balvenie Malt Master selects only those casks which have the essential characteristics of The Balvenie Single Barrel, particularly honey, vanilla and oaky notes. Each bottling forms a limited edition of no more than 350 hand-numbered bottles – so each bottle is unique and unrepeatable. With a nose of fragrant vanilla, honeyed sweetness, hints of heather and dry oaky notes, the Single Barrel is wonderfully complex and rich on the palate. Honeyed maltiness with vanilla, oak flavours and delicate spice notes are evidence of careful ageing. Long and complex with a touch of liquorice to finish.

THE BALVENIE PortWood, Aged 21 Years


Aged 21 Years

To create The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years, a marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines. Here it is sampled regularly by The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt whilst preserving its original characteristics. Showing perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a nutty dryness.

Taste is refined with remarkable character, creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes on the palate. Finish is long, gentle, and nutty.

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