Some time ago, while in Malaysia on the island of Langkawi I bought a bottle of The Balvenie 12 years old Double Wood. I remember that it cost very little, ca. 100 PLN (25 Euro). It would be a sorrow to pass by without buying it.
The Balvenie is located in the heart of Speyside, which is in Dufftown, in the immediate vicinity of Glenfiddich. It belongs to the same family corporation William Grant & Sons. David Steward – a legend in the world of whisky (over 50 years of working with whisky) – is the Malt Master there.
My Balvenie 12 years old is bottled with 43% ABV, however, you can more often find versions with 40% ABV, which means that it’s tasting impressions will be less intense. Single malt was matured in Bourbon barrels and then a few more months in sherry casks.
N: vanilla and immediately pepper, traces of nuts, and then quite fruity, with apples, pears, in a moment I have peaches, apricots, pleasant;
T: pretty oily, well fills the mouth, then a lot of raisins, nuts and almonds, in a moment sparking appears on the tongue and it is warming, vanilla, traces of honey;
F: quite long sweet, with traces of nuts, raisins and wood.
Balvenie 12 years old Double Wood is a pleasant whisky, without imposing accents. It is suitable for any beginner in the world of single malts, and even those experienced can have a good time with it.