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Balvenie 17yo 'Doublewood'

(43%, OB, 2012)
Average Score: 86
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryBalvenie
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameBalvenie
Bottling NameDoublewood
Alcohol By Volume43%
Issued2012
Average Score86


Maniac Ratings
Ho-cheng Yao88
Craig Daniels83
Rich Howard87
Oliver Klimek85


Tasting Notes
Ho-cheng YaoGolden, quite clear sherry influence, toffee and chocolate, sweet, slightly smoke and raisin, quite some malty sweet, quite matured, medium body, smooth, quite soft in palate, easy, some citrus fruit in palate, get more Balvenie house character in palate and finish, quite silky. some grapefruit and nutty nose after some drops of water. a quite successful new version. should be a big hit.
Craig DanielsNose: dark fruit jam (plum and blackberry), cocoa, chocolate and carob. Tends to get more toffee over time Palate: sweet toffee, dark chocolate and slightly smoky, slightly burnt. Finish: warm and woody, nutty and slightly astringent.
Oliver KlimekColour: Dark amber - Nose: Rum-soaked raisins, bananas, honey, toasted nuts, toffee, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. - Palate: Raisins, dried apricots, hints of grapefruit, toasted hazelnuts, caramel, candied ginger, nutmeg and pepper. - Finish: Medium long, fruity and spicy. - Overall: While having a superb nose, this older Doublewood version does not quite reach the quality of the almost legendary 12 year old. But go for it, if you like spicy drams.