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The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Review

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Double Wood 12 year old

 

Nose ~ Sweet fruit and oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.

 

Taste ~ A 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 Malt Scotch Whisky Single Barrel 15 year old.

 

Nose ~ Sweet fruit and oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.

 

Taste ~ A 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 Malt Scotch Whisky Portwood 1991 Vintage

 

Nose ~ Perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, and hints of vanilla and oak with a nutty dryness.

 

Taste ~Creamy, almost silky with rich fruits, honey and notes of spice.

 

Finish ~ Long, Gentle & Nutty

The Balvenie Distillery

Balvenie Maltings

Dufftown, Scotland

AB55 4BB

Telephone: +44 (0) 1340 820 373

 

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The Balvenie 15 year old Single Barrel

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Signature

 

is an exposition of the traditional art of The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart.

 

Nose: Rich and complex with honey, citrus fruits and vanilla oak notes.

 

Taste: Rich and honeyed with a hint of sherry fruitiness. A spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg and a subtle oakiness develop with time.

 

The finish is warm and lingering.

 

 

The Balvenie Thirty Single Malt Scotch Whisky

is a rare and especially fine single malt for which David Stewart selects only exceptional casks that were laid down over thirty years ago.

 

Nose: Silky smooth and honeyed on the nose with mellow oaky tones and hints of candied orange peel.

 

Taste: Great depth with rich dark chocolate, hints of plum, marzipan and caramelised pear. An exceptionally smooth and warming finish with gentle spice and lingering sweetness.

 

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky  Rum Cask, Aged 17 Years 

 

The Balvenie Rum Cask 17 Year Old was matured in traditional oak casks before spending a second period of maturation in rum casks shipped from Jamaica.

 

Nose;- A vibrant aroma with intense floral and fruity notes. Orange peel, lavender, coconut and a hint of ground nut oil.

 

Taste:-Beautifully sweet with characteristic Balvenie vanilla notes backed up with subtle spiciness of cinnamon and silky oak.

 

Finish:- Exceptionally smooth and long lasting.

 

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Islay Cask, Aged 17 Years

In the making of The Balvenie Islay Cask, David Stewart selected Balvenie single malt which had matured in traditional oak casks for at least 17 years and transferred it into 94 casks which had previously held Islay single malt. After six months he felt the casks had imparted the desired delicate amount of peaty notes, typical of Islay, whilst retaining the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie.

 

The Balvenie Islay Cask was bottled in 2001 and the late Michael Jackson, world renowned whisky expert and author of The Malt Whisky Companion, wrote the following

about it:

 

Nose:- Remarkably smoky aroma: lingering and soft, but also with some sweetness. Evokes thoughts of steam trains and garden bonfires. Some leafy, ferny, notes.

 

Taste:- Again, soft, with some of the same smoky sweetness. Like sugar being caramelised. A touch of candied orange peel. Lemon. Bread-and-butter pudding. All of these are more typical Balvenie flavours.

 

Finish:- The interplay of sweetness and smokiness finally melds into a fragrant, soothing, afterglow.

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