The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
The Balvenie Distillery was built in 1892 by the Grants of Glenfiddich.
This charming distillery is just a stone’s throw from Glenfiddich and both are still family-owned by the Grants.
These two distilleries share the same water source and the stills at Balvenie are heated using the waste heat from Glenfiddich.
However, that is where the similarities end, because the whiskies are completely different in character.
The Balvenie Distillery grows its own barley, still does its own floor maltings, and has its own cooperage and coppersmith who looks after its stills.
Balvenie was one of the earliest pioneers in experimentation with wood management, casting whiskies of various ages with relish into a broad palette of oak types.
The Balvenie DoubleWood gains its distinctive character from maturation in two different types of wood hence the name DoubleWood
During maturation, The Balvenie DoubleWood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cast to a first fill European oak sherry cask.
The traditional casks, having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.
This process creates different flavours in the resulting single malt.
The color is a very attractive medium gold or perhaps light amber.
On the nose, the sherry comes through I believe that this is due to the second stage of maturation, which is in the European oak casks that have previously held sherry.
And most importantly the taste, it’s mellow, rich, and smooth. Full-bodied, with soft fruit, vanilla, Sherry, cinnamon and a hint of peat on the palate.
Now to my favourite part the finish, my old dad used to call this the moneys worth the longer the finish better the value he used to say.
And there is no disappointment here its warming. Long-lasting, with great complexity, Milky chocolate, and caramel. Toffee. Digestive biscuits.
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Alcohol: 40% abv.