Balvenie Doublewood – 12 Year

40% ABV
Suggested Retail Price: $55+
Distiller Rating: 87
Whiskey Reviewer Rating: B

Photo Courtesy William Grant & Sons

Mark Garbin’s Review: The Balvenie 12-year’s malty, cereal, toasty essence led to a smoothness that showed a sweet side with a wisp of vapor and slight, smoky wood. A lingering finish ensured no central theme rose to the fore. It’s the model, balanced pour for the Apprentice or Enthusiast. Enjoy this without ice prior to supper, with dessert or a gentle cigar. Please, no mixed drinks here. Any concoction would kill the charm. 

Aromas & Flavor Appeals to:Optimal Client TypeGreat For:
Subtlety AficionadoApprenticeCocktails
Power Flavor AdmirerEnthusiastNeat Before Dinner
Balanced DevoteeAdventurerWith Food
Uni-Directional FanMountain ClimberDessert or Afterwards
Chameleon LoverHedonistWith a Cigar (Mild) Upon nosing this whisky, you’ll get grapes and nuts with vanilla and honey to follow. The whisky is slightly chewy in the middle and finishes with gentle wood spice and raisins. It’s a classic for a reason and a good measure of the entire collection Balvenie creates. – Stephanie Moreno

The Whiskey Reviewer: The nose on the Balvenie Doublewood is one of fruity sherry (imparted by the final stage of aging) blended with undertones of vanilla drawn from the prior decade spent in new oak. The scotch has a smooth, warm texture, and tastes of a nutty sweetness with a twist of cumin. – Richard Thomas