Whisky Review – Balvenie 12 year old single barrel – cask 12742


Balvenie 12 year old single barrel – cask 12742
First fill bourbon barrel maturation.
47.8%ABV
Non-chilled filtered
I would say no colouring
£43.31 from MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Overall a quite delicate, engaging nose. Rich Pineapple cube sweets. Light vanilla. A little pepper. Floral. Light lemon citrus. With time some intensive tart citrus comes through. Some sugar dusting on the sweeties in the sweet shop.

Palate.

Sweet and dry. Lashings of vanilla. Some alcohol nip. Honey. Toffee apple. Mouthfeel is viscous and coats everywhere. Some nicely integrated pepper and oak spices going on as well.

Finish.

Drying oak tannins. Honey malt. Some biscuit. Green fruits. Creamy custard. Pepper.

Adding water.

The nose still has that intensive pineapple going on. A little more powered sugar. The palate is sweeter, with a little more fruit and separation of flavours. Chewy with toffee intensive vanilla. The finish very similar, but I think slightly sweeter. More water added now. Seems even juicier. This dram can take a lot of water and develop nicely. With additional water more dryness comes in on the middle development and finish. I quite like this one personally with extra water. It’s a great dram. Impressive.

Conclusion.

I managed to try some new make from Balvenie at the recent TWE whisky show in London, and I have to say this presentation really shows off their spirit nicely. This is a very accessible, enjoyable, tasty dram. I can see I would like to have a bottle of this on the go as a stable dram. It will be interesting to try alternative casks and compare for consistency.

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