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  • THE BALVENIE DOUBLEWOOD 17 YEARS OLD
  • Verdankt seine milden und süßen Vanillenoten vielen Reifejahren in amerikanischen Eichenfässern
  • Durch das Finishing in europäischen Sherryfässern wird er um eine Fülle von Aromen und Gewürznoten bereichert.

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Kategorie Single Malt Whisky
Artikelgewicht 699 g
Produktbezeichnung Whisky
Zusatzstoffe Mit Schwefeldioxid SO2
Netto-Volumen 700 ml
Stückzahl 1 Einzelflasche
Aufbewahrung Nach dem Öffnen kühl und trocken lagern.
Unternehmenskontakt Dufftown, Banffshire, Scotland AB55 4BB
Ursprungsland Schottland
Herkunftsort Großbritannien
Alkoholgehalt 43 % Vol
Marke Balvenie
Jahrgang NV
Format Flasche
Fassreife 17 Jahre
Volumen 70 ml
Gewicht 699 Gramm
Hersteller/Produzent Campari Deutschland GmbH
Number Of Items 1
Herkunftsregion Highlands
Besonderheit Vegetarisch
Herkunftsgegend Speyside
Verkostungsnotiz Brot und Malz, Früchte, Karamell und Honig
   

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Produktgewicht inkl. Verpackung 1,6 Kg
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Durch die 17-jährige Reifezeit wird dieser Doublewood um eine Fülle von Aromen und Gewürznoten bereichert.

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Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

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Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo Bottling Note

Aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in first fill European oak Sherry casks, DoubleWood is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft, even at 12 years.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Gristy, supple nuttiness intertwined with spices. Honeyed sultanas and grapes. Hugely inviting.

Palate: Sweet with good body. The bourbon characters develop; gentle spice with a little vanilla, a hint of balancing peat lurking quietly in the substrata. Dried fruit too, combining with nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, back into the bourbon notes - so well integrated.

Finish: Spicy, slightly drying, still sweet.

Overall: A classic, always a pleasure to revisit. (This is also a single malt with the ability to convert a non-whisky drinker with its deliciousness...)

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I agree

Really excellent for that price.

Ewing

Discovering new layers. Complex enough for mature palates. Vibrant colour. Subtle flavours. Sterling whisky. New favourite.

Sensibly priced sherry 'bomb'

Life is all about balance, and variation is the (Christmas) spice of life! Most of my cupboard is full of smoking steaming brutes from Islay, but some nights are better suited to a leather armchair and a smoking jacket sipping something sweeter and altogether more gentle on the central cortex. There are lots of sherried choices, but not so many in your local supermarket for £30 at such a good quality, so for me it's a must buy along with Dalwhinnie.

hard to beat for the price

layers of flavor and exceptional smoothness. great every-day dram. subtle spice and sweet without being cloying

The Best

This is my favourite whisky of all time. A real classic.

Ewing

Sterling whisky. Excellent colour. Robust flavours. Centre ground in terms of quality.

My fauvorite

Absolutely beautiful whisky

Love it

Trying my first drink right now. The bottle was a gift but it already has become my favorite.

Flavorful, smooth and a great Whiskey to enjoy by the fire!!

Amazing Scotch Whisky. Well worth the money

GAG

NO thanks, too sweet one dimensional and a short lacking finish. Save your monies and buy something worth while.

Worth trying; worth ever so much again.

I've avoided Scotch for years, preferring bourbon, but Balvenie 12 year Doublewood won me over. Smooth and delightful; enjoyable on a fall evening in Maine when the grandchildren have gone home or they are asleep and it's just the misses and me.

Unacceptably sweet and cloying.

If you have a real sweet tooth you might like Balvenie Doublewood. For me this whiskey falls below the minimum acceptable quality for a single malt. AVOID.

Perfect for a summer single malt!

This is my summer single malt of choice - Laphroaig is far too heavy for the hotter months, and I tried this whisky on a whim, and I'm glad I did. Absolutely delicious, and very clean on the finish.

Yum.

One of the best. Sultanas and blackcurrants with a bit of honey. Bold sweetness on the nose but more complex to taste. A hint of smoke to finish. Fantastic if you like dark fruity flavours like myself.

Dont believe tge hype. Way over priced

Like other two or three star reviews I was disappointed. Really over hyped dram. RRP in Sydney is $109. Overall its only slightly more complex than Glenmorangie 10 or the Aberour 12 but $25 more expensive. Too sweet, too much vanilla and honey. If you are willing to pay this price for a Speyside something like Oban 14 offers so much more. Will not buy again.

Sweetie

Sweet and treacly with hints of oak. A beautiful malt that goes really well with food.

Not impressed

Smell is inviting, fruit and honey. Although I can pick up some dried fruit, it mostly just tastes hot and salty. Improved considerably with a splash of water but still overpowering.

Perfect

We stumbled upon this whisky by chance a number of years ago. Yaay!!! We absolutely love this whisky. The honey tones are delicious and the amber liquid enfolds your tongue.

lovely mellow taste

had it for the first time last time i was home,normally a glenmorangie drinker but was quite surprised at this one

Amazing price point

Delicious, well balanced with good body.Hints of Cinnamon, honey and a slight smoky finish. Wonderful for the price.

once tried never forgotten

wow. this is too good to review. you wont be dsisapointed believe me/ this is the stuff others are trying to create. 10 out of 10

Very Pleased

I personally never buy single malts. My son selected Balvenie DoubleWood as a birthday gift. Other single malts I've tried were lacking in depth/breadth of flavor profile. This is a very pleasing flavor balance in keeping with my personal blended scotch favorites. I'll likely buy it for special occasions.

Creamy smooth and toffee like

In addition to the above, I detect a little apricot in the nose as well. The nuttiness certainly stands out too - I get a strong whiff of Hazelnuts. It's certainly very inviting. Mmmmmm.

But to the taste... Creamy smooooooth. So lovely, so easy to drink and yet so very beautifully balanced. It's immediate love for me and easily upon my list of re-purchasables. l agree with the above stated finish, it's definitely sweet and in fact I get a soft malted toffee - plenty of toffee in the finish, its just superb. OMG wonderful! Its simply syrupy deliciousness!!

I've also tried the triple cask 12 year. For me this is streets ahead overall in character, maturity and general appeal. A very welcomed member to my family off whisky favorites :) Thank you Balvenie!

Nice easy sip.

The first time I tried this it was my first dive into whiskies of this region and ended up enjoying a few too many glasses with my dad alongside his Laphroaig. Both very easy sips yet very different.

I grabbed a bottle for myself and would advise putting this in the freezer and then pouring yourself a nice good sized glass. The natural sweetness of this whisky makes it a delightful sip (mainly as it's best left to breath a little but chilling it means you can dive straight in and enjoy the journey). as the glass warms in your hands each sip gets ever so much more flavourful. For its price I would say it's amazing value although keep half an eye out as it comes on offer fairly frequently.

would choose this again

really smooth mellow whiskey, easy to drink

Underdeliver

Nose: cinnamon, sultanas and spices
Palate: mild, white-peppery bourbon with sultanas/dried apricot
Finish: bourbon

This is not a bad whiskey. Instead I would like to talk about value.

I had the Johnnie Walker Black for $38 CAD, the Aberlour 10 on sale for $43 CAD, the Auchentoshan 12 for $46, Suntory Tori for $53, now I bought the Balvenie DoubleWood 12 for $70 CAD.

For every extra ~$5 you paid, you get a little bit extra.

If you ask me which one to buy, then I must say get the Johnnie Walker Black for $38 CAD, or just throw in a few dollars more and go higher e.g. Nikka from the Barrel, Lagavulin 16, or Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask of the same brand, or even Glenfarclas 15.

For $70 CAD, one would expect more.

Great beginner single malt.

Newcomer to single malt whisky and this is my favourite so far. Always thought the "smells of a damp meadow" brigade were abit pretentious but after trying a couple of whisky's I am myself starting to pick out different secnts and tastes. This is the first whisky I can definitely smell and taste properly and it's marvelous. I get oranges, dates, vanilla and the longer it's in the glass toffee. Can't wait to try some more but this will always have a place in my cabinet.

Collection wouldn't be complete

Has a sweet and spicey flavour that's quite unique. Never overpowering.

Amazing Scotch

Fantastic Speyside.

A 12 year old going on 20!

A single malt that punches well above its weight! a taste that holds just a bit longer!
happy days family bought me 2 for christmas,

Excellent use of the double maturation.

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 YO is an excellent example of the fruits of double-maturation. Honey, vanilla, bit of bourbon, bit of sherry, fruit, slight floral.
The nose, the palate, and the finish are in harmony. Perfect for a warm evening on the deck or a late night beside the fire. IMHO, an extraordinary value.

2016 Advent Calendar Notes

Another of the light drams that I have enjoyed in the calendar, fruity sweet with that taste of honey on the nose, fruity and moderately spicy on the palate, and, though short, a memorable finish that favors the spice.

Thirsty Darter

On the 12th day of Christmas.....Balvenie 12 DoubleWood!!
Always a great dram of speyside at a reasonable price!
Lots of malt, wood and vanilla... a little spice! A thick mouth full.
Had it in a dram, neat!
Certain whiskeys don't need a tip or maybe I was just to lazy to get up to get water? Doesn't matter, it was nice!

sergei

delicious

I switched

For years I had been a Blanton's Single Barrel drinker. Not anymore. It is a easy drink and smooth.

Lovely

Lovely malt whisky. Haven't tried this before but had it as a present for my 50th. Goes down really well. Will get another. Best present. Highly recommend.

the best

very fine drink

An Awesome speyside

Drinking neat: musky wood, milk chocolate & orange, honey, fruit, grape, cherry, cereal, vanilla custard, spicy, sherry, decadent, sweet, burnt sugar, birthday candle, short finish. A very enjoyable little speyside. It's very similar to a Brandy with the fruits and spice but the added vanilla custard, honey round it out and make it its own.

Drinking neat (let sit for 1 hour): It has definitely become more Brandy like. It has mellowed and the flavors have meld into a syrupy, fruity, vanilla substance. The milk chocolate and musky wood as faded. I tastes better without sitting but this is still very good.

Great 12yr

Always love this classic 12yr. Great flavor and balance, a must have for my Scotch cabinet.

Excellent

Fill stars enjoyable smooth whiskey

Very good

in Mexico we get the 43%. It's very good and balanced. Perfect for after a nice dinner.
Someone below said it is harsh compared to JW Platinum, well, pretty much any Single Malt is harsher than a 18 YO blended whisky. Single Malt Whisky is supposed to be more intense.

Kevin

Fairly thick coatline and legs run slowly, indicating high viscosity.
Nose-very sweet, figs, sultanas, estery, vanilla, caramel, honey, citrus coming through,, oaky, sulphur coming through if left to air for 20 mins or more, probably due to burning of sulphur candles to fumigate the Oloroso casks. Sweetness diiminishes a fair bit after 30mins or more.
Palate-very sweet, Demerara sugar, caramel, honey, a little spicy.
Finish-short to medium length. Sweetness dominates.
Conclusion - IMO too sweet, would be interesting to know which fill went into the American oak casks first. At one point I thought I caught s little smoke, but could be my imagination.

katoomba007

Was a little dissapointed...did have a harshness to it...prefer JW Gold or Platinum around same price.

As good as it gets

Balance is the best word I can think of to describe this wonderful single malt. Double wood aging is not a gimmick. It vastly improves an deepens the flavor

Undecided

The first time I split a bottle of this it was very nice, smooth and a little sweet.
The 2nd bottle I picked up though had a real harsh tang to it though, could just be a bad bottle so I'd still recommend this, definitely one to let breath though, and a drop of water doesn't do any harm.

Balvenie DoubleWood 12

I have been drinking scotch for many years, mostly in the realm of Glenlivet 15; Glenmorangie Port and Glenmorangie Sherry. Seems that is my price range. I'm not a smokey or a peat lover, rather the smoothness of Balvenie DoubleWood has met my needs and taste.

No longer the value it was!

Nice Scotch, but not a GREAT single malt.

Balvenie Dbl Wood has increased in price substantially more than Glenlivit and Glennfiddich! Why? I was predominantly a Balvenie fan for years as it was a decent scotch, at a decent price for average to better value. In this past 18 months, Grant & Sons kept pushing pricing too aggressively. It simply wasn't and isn't worth the premium they ask vs. other solid single malts.
Markets are a fragile thing......

Not a fan.

Granted I'm a Laphraoig fan, which is distinctly different. I'm fine with Chivas and enjoy Auchentoshan.
I was underwhelmed by Balvenie. Perhaps just my unsophisticated palate, but it tasted: harsh and average.
Sorry.

Alberto Viloria

Excelente Calidad y Excelente Whisky de Malta.

Classic

Bought this for the first time in a few years today because it wasn't overly priced which it typically is here in Cali nowadays and I'm glad I did because it's just as good as I remember it being. So smells like cinnamon apples and candied hazelnuts, tastes like sweet sherried oak, caramel, toffee,raisins, orange peels, cinnamon and honey. An absolute pleasure to drink this is one of the whiskies that got me into scotch and is probably the best introduction to speyside whisky in my opinion. Definitely a classic very flavorful goes down smooth too bad it's getting so expensive. The sugarbear

SomelierGrandeDufussIII

Soak some dirtypeat alcohol in good old USA Bourbon barrels, then finish it in slimy European wine casks…
Let it stew for a long time in a Scottish sheep hovel…Overprice it and sell it to the stupid colonists…BRILLIANT!

Delicious

I got me a bottle and my first glass wasn't impressive. The more I had it the more I started to love it. It is really a great whisky and one that I will buy from time to time. If I had to compare to another whisky, it would be Macallan 12. Although the Macallan has more of a woody flavour I think they are very similiar, but slightly prefer the Macallan.

Great

Top job from balvenie, so easy to sit and drink this whisky straight or with a bit of ice if required

Bommes

Overwhelming new horizons

Excellent

This has become my whisky of choice. I love it. It is gentle, while at the same time so interesting and full on the palate. It takes up my full attention, and tells me so many new things as I linger on it.

Overrated

The old 15 was miles above the 12. I'm very unimpressed with it. A Glendronach 12 blows away the Bal DW and the Glendronach is $15 cheaper

Favorite

I wonder afield in the scotch world and always go back to Balvenie. Flavorful with a hint of peat and sweetness that reminds me of Scotland.

Delicious!!

Great buy!!

Ok, Let's Be Objective

From a neat pour there's initially a light chocolaty sweetness, orange, with sandalwood and metallic notes lingering on the nose. Those later gave way to overripe pears, musty damp oak, burnt orange and cinnamon buns. The palate is undeniably smooth, but overpowered with medicinal notes reminiscent of cough syrup. Disappointingly, despite some complexity, I found it difficult to locate any definitive sweetness - just an unpleasant harshness. The numbing finish presented bittersweet cocoa that trailed off into an herbal, fatty note à la fenneled genoa salami.

I received this as a sample from the Chaps as Master of Malt, and unless it was mislabeled, found it difficult to agree with their tasting notes. Admittedly, I am not a fan of first fill sherry. Perhaps the sulphured "spice" it can impart is not to my liking, but either way I expected warm, comforting, carameled oak somewhere in the spirit... just couldn't find it.

For the same price, I personally prefer the sweet, spiced, peat-kissed maltiness and firmer palate of Springbank 10. Think I'll stick with that!

Just a whiskey lover

One of the most enjoyable malts i have had the pleasure of tasting, well worth the money & would have paid more knowing how good it was.

Snobatuer

I'm completely aghast at the total lack of objectivity in these reviews.
If it doesn't taste good, it isn't! This one TASTES GOOD! Smooth enough to drink anytime you so desire, complex enough to please ANY educated palate, no obnoxious sulphury peat taste. If I wanted sulphur, I'd chew a kitchen match. Smoke your cigar later, enjoy this now.
By the way, it won't break the bank...
Cheers.

It's not perfect but damn near it

This is a great scotch. Its sweet up front but robust thereafter. Not overly powerful but well rounded taste. No distinct peat / smokeyness,

Love it

Picked up the Balvenie 12 year DoubleWood on the recommendation from some colleagues who rave about their longer aged bottlings. This one was fairly affordable and a good introduction to Balvenie (and Speyside whisky in general). I can see what people mean when they say it's a beginner's or introductory Speyside single malt.

While, it isn't the most complex and challenging whisky around (especially in it's price range of $70 a bottle where I live in Texas) and the finish is a tad lacking (Ralfy mentions this in his review of the DW 12 and I agree completely), I still find some positives in this whisky that make it worth having in the cabinet.

The nose is fantastic. It's got a wonderful light and refreshing spice and citrus smell to it. The taste is more of that with some good sweetness to it. Not much beyond that, but what it does have is quite enjoyable. I like it enough that I try not to blow through the bottle and look forward to tasting it and sharing it with others. I would definitely purchase it again when it's finished.

Lovely

Bought this after I read about it here... just what I expected, thank you guys!

Good with a smoke!

I'm in the Cigar House in Old San Juan and it goes great with a Gloria Cubana Serie R!

Great value for money

I've been drinking single cask, malt whiskeys for years, at about £50-£70, from Sunday Times Wine Club. I was given this DoubleWood 12 as a present. And I was impressed. So I hit the internet to see what it was worth. Now I'm really impressed. I will definitely be ordering more of this, & less of the single cask bottles. I am not a connoisseur, but I can tell the good from the bad. And this is good.

Mr Mackenzie

I was given a bottle of this for my 6oth Birthday and have to congratulate you for the best whiskey on the market today. Well Done 5Stars from me.

Hot, unrefined, lacking complexity

Doesn't exhibit many clear faults, but it strikes me as hot and lacking subtlety.

Gristy = Grainy; of wheat or grain.

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Peter Lowe

Not as good as I thought it would be. Loved the smokiness though.

Mmmmmmmmm!

Lovely!!!

Art Jones

Simply a luscious single malt that enlightened my palate

Little rough, but pleasing

I drank this while watching Nick Offerman drink a whisky at a fireplace. It has an odd nose, straight up spices, probably what the description above calls "gristy", but I'm not familiar with that term. On the tongue it was good, just enough peat to be fun, but a little rough at times. Caught in my throat a bit, but it was a good experience.

Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.

Best Daily Dram, Hands Down!

My scotch collection will never lack this bottle..... Incredible value for a creation that now stands out as the perfect ambassador for Speyside distillers!

Mr M Attwell

Absolutely love this whiskey,.so smooth with lots of different flavours.
I don't enjoy having my mouth incinerated like some whiskeys have a tendency
to do. This is the total opposite and I will buy it now regularly.

My "Go To" Single Malt

Sure, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich are okay in a pinch, but when you want to keep it near $50 - with a reason to spend and a reason to enjoy - the Balvenie is the way to go. Many fond memories and hopefully many more to come. Take it in.

Best value for a sweet tasting Scotch

Another great value from the gents at Balvenie. Try it before you buy it, or just go for it with this decent price on a great whisky.

Was a Fan

Was a big fan of the Double wood but the bottles that do not have the signature on the bottle to me are not as good as the bottles that have the signature on the bottle themselves.

Bestest

i fucken loved it

Immature

Not bad but this is nothing compare to other The Balvenie bottles like Caribean cask, the 15 Sherry or the 17 years old. I suggest you go higher on that scale to fully appriciate the Bavelnie potential.

Bonnie, Here's tae ye!

Smell it. Take drink and hold it for a few moments, swirl, exhale through your nose, swallow slow. Fantastic!

Very good

Very good distillate, great nose and taste. No brainer for the price!

our go to scotch

A bit of novice but we have settled on Balvinie 12 - stopped buying others in this price range that didn't compare.

Strange, but good.

As sweet as a cognac. Almost. Some other interesting things happening on the palate. One poster here even described it as somewhat bourbon-like. I'd agree with that. Definitely has its own unique taste profile. A pretty solid single malt that stands up to its higher priced, more aged, peers.

The sherry casks always ruin it for me.

Light to medium mouth, light spice on tongue, nice sweetness, then fades and is slightly annoying, and back to being nice. Ahhh! It’s aged in sherry casks, which always bothers me.

Simply Delicious

I opened this bottle when I got it and slowly drank a few drams over a couple weeks then let it set for a couple weeks. First pours were not very dramatic or inspiring..

Having let the bottle sit for a couple weeks almost 3/4 full, it has changed for the better. I'm not sure what the deal is with some single malts that change after opening and letting sit for a couple or more weeks, but some change with dramatic flair. This is one of them.

The nose is now far more supple and inviting. Vanilla is more pronounced with the fruit side.

Pallet is way better and a tad sweeter. Though the finish is kind of short,
I just cant stop nosing this one.

Will be buying this one again.

The Best

Amazing...........

Just want to keep going like - THIRST FOR WATER......

best I have ever had

Got a bottle as a fathers day gift. Outstanding taste with the mixture of the two woods.

Very good for the price

I've been drinking single malts for a few years now and for the price I haven't found anything better, started with the 12yo Balvenie and kept coming back to it exactly because of what most people who like it say, it's a nice, easy drink and doesn't disappoint.

can anyone suggest an alternative for the price?

Overpriced

I must say that it's overpriced. It would be acceptable for 20%-30% less money. Reminds me too much of bourbon. However, we all have a different palate and if you like it, by all means go for it. It's not bad, but it's not for everybody.

I don't want to drag down the rating, so I'm not rating it.

Enjoyed one bottle with friend

And it went down smooth. My first Balveine at the time, it was recommended by a co-worker. I enjoy the 12, 14, 15 and 21 year. The older the better with Balveine.

The Truth

I was a bourbon drinker, got a bottle of doublewood, and I am now a scotch lover. This stuff is honestly amazing, you cannot tell you're sipping 90+ proof whisky when this swirls around your mouth.

My first Scotch

I'm mainly a beer & wine guy and I dabble into Ky bourbon from time to time. But I lately started to explore single malt scotch and decided to start with Balvenie Doublewood 12-year. Incredible! Though I've tasted different scotches before, this was my first bottle of scotch that I've bought. Very smooth texture and magnificent flavors. If you're new to scotch (like me) this is a great one to start with. The peaty scotches of Islay are a little too smoky and strong for me right now, but I'm sure I'll warm up to them eventually. But my first impression with scotch is a very good one thanks to Balvenie 12-year old Doublewood.

Bed Reviewers are off their rocker

I've been exploring "budget" Scotches for quite some time, and it is getting harder and harder for me to find a 40 - 60$ bottle of Scotch that I haven't tried yet. That being said, this is as good a bottle of Scotch as there is in the 40 - 60$ price range. You simply will not find a better, more balanced, and warm single malt out there. The initial palate impressions are vanilla, brown sugar, and a little spice. The thing I really enjoy about this scotch is the texture. It is much cleaner than some of the other cheaper, tripled distilled, Scotches out there. It fills your mouth and the flavor coats your entire palate, not just the specific sensory buds on the tip of your tongue and back of your throat. the finish is quick, with not a lot of lingering woodiness. I love this Scotch, and it has become my go to standard. I have had some very experienced Scotch drinkers blind taste test this against much more expensive and longer aged bottles, and they consistently pick the Balvenie over the others. Don't listen to the negative reviews. This is a little budget gem of a whiskey.

appreciative man

Superb, smooth as silk

Once started..

..never stop. Nice balanced. Perfect for a malt beginner as myself

Good Scotch, Pretty but Pretentious Bottle

Love the name. Doublewood is the way to go. Good scotch. Tastes like scotch. However, I have trouble believing that they are the ONLY distillery that malts in their own traditional floor maltings and still employs a team of coppersmiths. That can't be true.

Don't hate cha.

I had this at a whisky bar and loved it. Got notes of raisins, pound cake, green apple, corn, and vanilla among many other things. I went out and bought a bottle, naturally, and was a little disappointed in how (as many people have stated) mellow, and middle of the road it is. As an islay fan I do appreciate a nice fruity/sweet break now and again, but I still have a lot more to explore, and I feel I could find it's equal without too much searching.

Blend it

Like other reviewers have noted, the Balvenie DoubleWood 12 may seem a bit too smooth, almost to the point of being bland. I decided to mix it with about 10 to 15% Talisker 10 and I think the combination is better than either one its own.

Surprised at the mixed reviews!

I've spent the last couple months trying every 12 y\o scotch I could get my hands on. I'm up to nearly a dozen (8 or 9 single malts and a couple blends). So far The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 is far and away my favorite. The Macallan and Glenfiddich would be a distant second and third.

Wonderful nose... Warm and spicy... More than reasonably priced.

Now on to some more mature offerings... Think I'll start with the DoubleWood 17.

It's Priced to Win

The price is what keeps this dram highly perched on my shelves. It's one to always have on hand as a daily dram. Thats exactly what this is: safe, cozy and reliable. There is some kind of plastic taste mid palate, but otherwise is wonderful. I would expect more bite from a more expensive scotch, but at forty bills, the vanilla and inoffensive flavor profile are just what I want. Yea the finish is short, but really? you want a lengthy lingering finish at this price point with that same thick, gummy flavor and body? you're dreaming at this price. if you want all of that, that's going to cost upwards of at least $65.00 here is Cali and more elsewhere. this is the kind of drop that should be regularly stocked on every scotch drinkers shelves for its affordability and reliability. if you're loaded then by all means complain and buy a higher whisky. if you're like the rest is us, be grateful this Balvenie exists and is always available and affordable.

Quite enjoyable

I too prefer to peatier more robust malts but found this offering to be quite enjoyable and refreshing nonetheless. Plenty of honey/sweet notes joined by vanilla and a slight nuttiness...Even picked up some very slight lemon notes (unless my olfacctorys misfired). A bit more of an alcohol burn than I would expect from a seemingly gentle scotch but nothing overwhelming. The finish is warm though I agree with others that it disappears in short order. Medium length finish is a reasonable statement. Certainly would consider this as a "go to" whisky when I'm looking for something different than an Islay...but that's not very often. ;)

Reliable

This dram is quality and complexity and simplicity achieved at a great price point. I have a well rounded and experienced profile for Scotch
whisky, thus can confidently say that for forty dollars here in California, this offering from Balvenie should be a go to for he serious Scotch drinker. for all the flavoring notes and such, read the description atop and other reviewers who reflect that. They are right on. It is fruity yet resonant with deeper notes, oak and a thread of sherry. The only accusation I can agree to is that it doesn't hang around extraordinary long. I'd say the finish is of medium length, not short. The nose is inviting with nuts and vanilla. It is smooth on the palate with just enough spice. This is a wonderful 12 year old, and you won't find many 12's that can come close to this at such affordable price. it is my quintessential daily
dram for a man with a modest to above average budget.

Lugo

Repugnant smell and taste like a Bourbon

amazing

full body, very warm, full of honey and vanilla, may the best malt i have ever tasted.

Very, very good scotch - especially for the price

I usually opt for the peatier drams: Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig. But for my nightly "sip" I sometimes need a break from that genre, a little variety - and the Balvenie 12 is a perfect option. Complex and rich enough to satisfy that stronger palate, yet has a smoothness and some gentler notes that offer the regular scotch drinker a very satisfying choice. Highly recommended.

Joe Perry

Awesome baby

A GREAT SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

This was a gift from my son.He received a recommendation from a friend who drinks scotch.I first noticed the sweet smell of sherry and the rich taste
on my first sip.I also though it went down smooth,it's the best 12yr old that I tasted so far.I'm surprised anyone would rate it a 2.I would rate your 12yr DoubleWood 4 stars Plus

Balvenie 12 DoubleWood

DoubleWood was one of the first malts I had and I'll always remember it was the very first one that made me say "wow" and opened my eyes to how good whisky is. I tried it again recently and now having about 80-90 different malts under my belt I thought there was no way it was going to live up to my high expectations based on the memory of my first experience but it absolutely did. There are very few whiskies of the same age or price range that I rate higher than DoubleWood, it's a stunner!

Not so Good

Lovely nose of character but it stops there. Once on the lips there is a harsh burn and a bland taste. The finish is very short. It needs maturing in better quality oak and why do they only give it 2 months in the sherry cask? There are plenty of much better 12 year old Speysides around - Not recommended

A perfect 12 year old.

I love this whiskey. I tried the 17 year old version and was disappointed as I couldn't find much difference so just get this instead.

Quite Delicious

The body was a nice surprise. Really recommend for after dinner. Fuller body, slightly sweet with honey and cinnamon. Not terribly complex but do not pass it up. A perfect winter warmer.

On target

Nice dram, rich but sweet bourbon like nose. Silky and sweet taste, vanilla and lots of honey. Medium-long pleasant relaxing finish. Overall a neatly packed whisky that gets better with every glass. Not to be missed!

Well Made and so good to drink.

Classic Spayside and so pleasant to drink. You may prefer a differnt style, but how anyone can say its not a great whisky is totaly beyond me.

I'm not a connoisseur but I am from a scotch loving family

I have tried many scotches and by far this is my favorite plain and simple

First Scotch

I've found the Doublewood to be smooth with a slight bite. the taste is buttery and similar to the recent explosion of honey drinks. I enjoy the drink and will continue my pursuit of the ultimate drink for my palette.

on my second bottle

rushed the first, too exited with the smooth taste and ended up drunk. the smoothness and sweetness goes well together, i like the taste and absence of any bitter food colouring aftertaste bitterness. 10/10 for taste value and the bottle looks really nice with the wide lip.

Balvanie

This whiskey has to be one of the very best 12 year bottles around! Great taste and very smooth! Give it a go, you will not be disapointed!!

Balvanie

Excellent stuff!!!!! That's all needs too be said!! cheers

A beautiful dram

I originally bought this down in Devon when staying with an ex-partner. This helps bring back warm memories.

The nose is subtle grape, a distantly rich/sweet touch in there. On the palate I get a nice sensation of sublte spice and vanilla. Very smooth - perfect for a summer evening or relaxing by a fire. The finish is dry and warming. A slight lingering of spicers leaving you pleased and wanting more.

Overrated and overpriced

I bought this whisky because it got some really good reviews. Boy, was I disappointed! Simply put: it's flat. The nose is alright, but the palate and finish are disappointing. I would expect this from some young spirit. And it's not the only Balvenie that gets the 'flat' mark either! They should get their act together sooner rather then later.
I am going elsewhere for my dram.

Vaired palates

The vitriol used to describe a whisky is narcissistic and condescending. Why is it not enough to say that you’d “prefer another”? I’m not a connoisseur of whiskies, in part because I don’t know what that is, but I have partaken for some 45 years and this is the best-tasting whiskey I’ve had. But if you find comfort in denigrating someone else’s tastes, go ahead. We partake as a pleasure – not as a measurement of one’s character.

A solid Scotch...

I believe review about two down from this is spot on "...accept it for what it is...", however O would submit their two stars rating is unfairly low. I too wish the finish was more complex and longstanding, but it is a smooth, supple drink and the finish is pleasant. This is an easy recommendation for a new Scotch drinker.

Zum Wohl,

-W

Father's Day

My son bought me a bottle of Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old for Father's Day. Now I'm not a whisky guru, I know nought of vanilla, spice, or bourbon finishing, or interesting characteristics, or personality This is a damn good drop of five star liquor, ideal for the World Cup or any other sporting event.Value for money, YES

accept it for what it is

I enjoy tasting different styles, palates, finish of whisky's. Yes there are some that dont leave a big impression or I had high expectations but didnt deliver. This one was somewhere in between. the Bourbon/Sherry 'characters' i like i just wish the finish was more complex and lasted longer.

A bit....Bland

Nice smooth cask influence, but that's about it.This scotch whisky doesn't really have interesting characteristics or a personality of its own....

90% of all Scotch

Good malt. Newbie people to scotch deceiving this one. Comments like these one are proof of that... "tastes too much like a bourbon wannabe", "Being aged in bourbon barrels may be doing this scotch a bit of a disservice"... about 90% of all scotch whisky is matured in ex-bourbon cask... http://www.maltmadness.com/malt-whisky/beginners-guide-05-maturation.html

A great introduction to malts

Even your non scotch drinking mom will be begging for another refill! Great intro into the world of "sweeter" malts.

just call it bourbon

this stuff isn't worth the hype. yes, it's smooth, but that's about it. tastes too much like a bourbon wannabe (for a single malt price). you'll get more bang for your buck with elijah craig. there's just no 'there' there...

Mr David Shire

I am new to scotch. Balvenie 12 year Double was recommended to me and I am SOLD. Smooth, flavorful and easy to drink. Awesome!!!

Standard stuff

A very average whisky, a bit uninspiring really. So many better ones out there in the price bracket.

good luck

If you can find a better balance for the price let me know, I'll have two!

Amazing

Enjoy my first bottle of Balvenie DW back in 1994 in NYC after sampling many single malts in the range of 50 to 120 U$....All I can say is that subdue me forever, now, 20 year later, almost 50 years old and with a decent drinking experience I amcertain it will remain my number 1

As Good As Malt Whisky Gets

I have been drinking Balvenie Doublewood for a great many years. Those who are critical of this superb malt cannot possibly know what they are talking about.

Disappointed

This would be great if labeled as a bourbon, and it is very smooth as far as bourbons go. However, because I was looking for a good scotch, I was disappointed with this. There was just the slightest tinge of scotch hidden in there somewhere, but bourbon was the predominant flavor. Being aged in bourbon barrels may be doing this scotch a bit of a disservice, something I wish I had thought of before spending as much as I did. You could get a comparable bourbon for less than a bottle of this and be equally satisfied.

Not for me

I had a bottle of this and I did not like it. I have been drinking various single malts lately and found it to offer special. Did not like the aftertaste in particular. Also noticed that on the second day of the taste was actually worse. I honestly tried to like it but found that it is not to my taste. I thought it tasted like medicine. In my opinion there is much better Scotches within the price range.

Awesome stuff

Very nutty in both aroma and flavor. Nose also has butterscotch and banana. Smooth flavor, brief but satisfying finish. A soothing dram, very enjoyable.

Faaaaantastic

Accompanied with marios suvla all the way from cyprus we had a bottle this afternoon and it was amazing. Very smooth, soft and no shionis. Highly recommended at a great price.

Must have whisky

Big Blouse Required

Great as an appertif. Runs flat. wife loves it. Great for the price. Think the Irish may like this.

A most have

In that range price, it's one on the smoothest. It's certainly an incredible one to start you collection and it become an easy point of reference when you explore others.

My first scotch

I'm normally a bourbon drinker but this scotch may have just moved me to the other side. Slightly sweet the sherry finish is notable with a buttery hint. A beautiful scotch and perfect first scotch taste. Five stars.

The Balvenie is really a good drink.

I enjoyed this drink with my wife and we are very happy to have it. Mathew Sahane n Gretta sahane.

Not my Fav

Pleasant nose. The palate begins with a somewhat soapy element I cannot describe well, rest is not very complex, bit of spicy vanilla, short finish.. it is not a bad whiskey but both Dalwhinnie and Glenmorangie, of same price class, I prefer.

Nice decent for price

Nice indeed better than some of the more generic stuff, not as good as glenfarclas but decent...

Easily the best £30 scotch...

Yeah... I like all the Balvenies. Not quite at the level at the Dalmore, but a step up from Glenmorangies and Highland Park etc... Really drinkable and I always have a bottle in my cupboard. Jason Breen

Nice....

It's not bad at all and better after it's had a few weeks open... Nice dam not too complicated but enough going on. A decent drop.

Good

hate this whisky...yuuukkk

light Oak notes; no real honey

It's all nutmeg, vanilla, and wood. Plus some green apple. The DoubleWood is an okay starter scotch, but there exist much better oak-themed malts (for instance the Auchentoshan 12 is at the same 'level'). Note that this malt improves with oxidation, as it starts to pick up some caramel notes.

light Oak notes; no real honey

It's all nutmeg, vanilla, and wood. Plus some green apple. The DoubleWood is an okay starter scotch, but there exist much better oak-themed malts (for instance the Auchentoshan 12 is at the same 'level'). Note that this malt improves with oxidation, as it starts to pick up some caramel notes.

Very nice Single Malt

It's a very nice whisky, great as a first venture into Single Malt.
I do prefer the Glenlivet 12yo over this one though, which is also a little cheaper.

Very smooth and robust

Very smooth and strong
First time I've ever had this scotch. I used to drink scotch about 30 years ago and gave it up for wine. Got this for a 60th birthday present and it is very, dear sugar single mom very nice...smooth, with a bit of a bite! I will go easy on this or I might revert back to 30 years ago!!

Very smooth and strong

First time I've ever had this scotch. I used to drink scotch about 30 years ago and gave it up for wine. Got this for a 60th birthday present and it is very, very nice...smooth, with a bit of a bite! I will go easy on this or I might revert back to 30 years ago!!

Disappointing

Hate to disagree with the majority, but considering the price, I found this to be a little harsh, almost like a blended whisky. I prefer my old standby Glenlivet 18 year old scotch over this. It does have quite a kick though.

For Beginners and Veterans

I don't know of another quality Scotch that can charm a beginner's palate quite like the Doublewood 12 year. It's very inviting, has all the qualities one looks for in a Speyside, but in gentle, non-threatening proportions. It won't scare a beginner away--my first Scotch tasting was a Laphroig, perpetrated as a trick by an uncle with a dubious sense of humor; that first sip sadly kept me away from all Scotches, even bland blends, for nearly a decade. Today it's my favorite bottle, but I had to earn its virtues, a concept that would have been lost on me as a tyro. When my 17 year old daughter turns 18 later this year, she's been promised a sampling from any bottle in the cabinet, but I'm going to use what's left of my waning paternal influence and suggest her first Scotch to be this Doublewood. I love this bottle and I love her more, so it makes good sense to pair the two. After that, she's on her own (unless she wants my advice anymore, which I hope she will).

Lacking a finish

I found the sherry cask to add nothing to the whisky, a good solid whisky. But for an extra taste I'ld look at Penderyn.

Best Single Malt for the Price

Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old scotch is hands-down the finest single malt scotch on the market for the price. The 60 + day sherry cask barrel finish gives this beauty a taste of smooth yet complex notes, with a flavour that lingers in oaken and off-vanilla hints. Cheers!

Fantastic!!

For the price it doesn't get much better - warm caramel and honey deliciousness!!

slightly lacking

I enjoyed a bottle of this but felt it slightly lacking in depth in a way I cant really explain. maybe ive been spoiled by other (better) whisky's of a similar taste theme, but id rather spend a little more and get something I really enjoy, still 7/10

Very smoothe and relaxing

I love this whisky. It is very smooth and quite good served on the rocks. I usually prefer my whisky served neat, but something in the flavor happens to this one served over ice. Enjoy!

warm spicy cozy

after the monkey shoulders I tried this one and so happy I did. It is real warm but smooth. Truly I tasted/smelled caramel pear. Taste buds hold the molecules and never is the throat hurt. Velvet fiery should I say. Bought it at the airport. Tasted it in Montreal and felt this welcoming feeling erasing any trouble each time. Alchemy of whisky blending in personality.

DoubleWood, DoubleGood!

I really enjoyed this dram...light on the nose with a huge whiff of grapes, a solid warm and spicy palate, and a nice medium-long finish that's plenty dry. The oak and the sherry are most evident on the nose...while I prefer some of The Balvenie's other offerings, this is a fine daily scotch at a fantastic price.

McPherson, Chicago

Vanilla, honey, white pepper, spice with a gentle sherry, a little nuttiness and light citrus notes. This is a smooth, subtle whisky with a nice mix that wont tire your palate. One to add to the collection and a great one for a first or second dram on a flight.

Teri Maa di...

For the price, this is a winner every time. Awesome scotch.

Not bad, for a Speyside

Despite my heavy Islay leanings, I have to say that this is one of my favorite scotches. Smooth, but fairly complex and well-rounded. The more mellow taste imparts an almost buttery quality to the slight oiliness. From my experience, a great starter scotch too, given how many people I've converted with it.

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very good

This was one of my first single malts and i liked it a lot. It's a nice whisky to start with if you like full flavour and a little sting but not the peat or smoke.

Lee

I have tried numerous whiskeys for under 50$ and the Doublewood takes it. It is superior in my opinion to Johnny Walker Red/Black, Glenfiddich 12/18, Glenlivet 12, Dewars white/red, Jack Daniels original/gentleman/single barrel/honey, Southern Comfort. Keep in mind I am rating it against other whiskeys under 50$. This is by far the best. As a college student I am happy that Balvenie produces a whiskey that is affordable even for people like me who want good scotch but can't afford the expensive stuff. Keep up the good work.

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Mikko

I agree with John Eva, this is pretty much basic Speysider. Not much complexity or character. There is much better whiskies in this price range.

Meh

Trying to like this, but, it offers nothing. No fruit, no spice, nothing but a buzz.

John Eva

Not bad but not great either, if you can find it on offer from the supermarkets for around £25 worth spending the money on it otherwise I can think of a few different whisky's I would prefer for the similar price range.

Great scotch according to my friends!

I keep buying DoubleWood as gifts for my friends since they love it so much and I have yet to add it to my personal inventory. The next bottle I purchase will be for myself! Although I'm sure I'll partake in this most recent gift purchase one evening with my local friend. I'm really looking forward to trying it out. I give it a 10 based on how dedicated my friends are to the DoubleWood variety.

Honesty

I don't know what everyone else thinks; I don't care! But what I think is this: the Balvennie Double Wood's nose is very oaky; deep and soft, then the taste is mulled whiskey; mellowed maturity (kindness with substance) the finish is medium as one would expect for the price: mild, but long and gentle, yet no bitter taste or sour notes. I rate this whiskey as excellent for its price, and one of my favourites given its cost! The bottle is like a true whiskey with no pretenciousness. This is a nice whiskey; good for newcomers as it is full of depth from the oak and full of flavour from the sherry; it is a gentle, honest and a kind whiskey! I don't care who you are or whether or you think MasterofMalt have posted this; this is a post from a true customer and I hope you enjoy the whiskey as I have!

Very very good!

Me and one of my best friends opened a bottle of this wonderful Doublewood and literally finshed the bottle without even notice it!!! The sweetness and the lovely vanilla taste, hypnotised us. (From Portugal... Sorry for my English...)

Great whiskey. Period.

Title says it all.

Mesmerising!!!

Lovely smooth and pleasant single malt whiskey,the evident bourbon and fruity finish will make you cherish the moment. Awesome taste on the rocks and more over the 43% Vol gives an edgy high over common 40% Vol malts.

Lovely

A lovely drop, not too complex or too simple, great almost bourbon tasting scotch, love the subtle fruity finish, would like the finish to be a little stronger, but a great drink, one of my favourites

Fantastic

The Balvenie Doublewood is one of my favourite whiskies. The sherry influence is discreet and combines really well with the Balvenie style. This is a rich whisky with a beguiling nose that would be my top recommendation for anyone wishing to get into single malts. But this is not merely an 'introductory' or 'value for money' malt, I think it's great regardless of the cost. The best 12 year-old whisky around in my opinion.

Super Smooth

Easy Going And delicious... feeling pleasure to have it would like to suggest you to have it once in your life whether you drink or not and pe kar ho jao talli. Cheersssssssssss to people.

Incredible

A delicious and full flavored whisky!Highly recommended!

Always a pleasure

Good value, good whisky

Fantastic

Yet to find another whisky as good. Smooth and sweet but with just enough bite. Everytime I have a dram I find something new in the flavours, happily complex.

Comparing Aberlough 12 yr to Balvenie 12 yr

Tried Aberlough to compare it to Balvenie 12, the price was very good but there just wasn't the "bite" that Balvenie has.. Balvenie is hard to beat for the price..

Worth twice he Price....

I've yet to find anything in this price range that is even half as good. Wonderful with a pice of ice, or drop of water. I perfer a clean finish, and shy away from alot of smoke.

Argree with 'Founders Reserve' but.....

Found that "when drank straight or with just a drip or two of water was noticeably strong......bourbon aging side" that he was talking about to my liking!!!, Like Dalwhinnie 15 but a little less of a prickly feel and more toffee/vanilla thing going on as well- Didn't notice any "peat lurking"- not that I minded.

Tried this trying to replace Balvenie ' Founders Reserve '

I liked the Founders Reserve, it was sweet, balanced, everything in the right amounts, it was not complex or heavily aged at its price range but very mildly pleasing. This new double wood when drank
straight or with just a drip or two of water was noticeably strong to me on the bourbon aging side with an overt young green oakiness to it. It did finish better with some warm sherry tones in there though. I may
like it better over a piece of ice. Still better than most at this price. Cheers

Too short finishing in sherrywood

There isn't much of a sherrywood there (just 2 months finishing!). The finish is too short too. The Balvenie Signature or 15yo Single Barrel will do honours of this distillery.

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

Awards for Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo

Gold
Gold

Speyside Single Malts up to 12yo - 2015

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Gold
Gold

Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014

International Spirits Challenge

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Bronze
Bronze

Daily Dram - 2013

Malt Maniacs Awards

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Silver
Silver

Speyside Single Malts up to 12yo - 2013

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Silver
Silver

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2017

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo Details

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Alcohol 40.0%

Volume 70cl

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Cereals Containing Gluten No

Crustaceans No

Eggs No

Fish No

Lupin No

Milk No

Molluscs No

Mustard No

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Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old

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Balvenie 17yo DoubleWood Bottling Note

Like the famous 12 year old expression this Balvenie has been matured in two types of cask, the key difference this has been given an extra five years of cask ageing. A great release for 2012.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Warm Acacia honey and green apples on the nose leading to warm winter spices, vanilla and honeysuckle on the palate. The finish is gloriously long with notes of vanilla and honey.

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Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old Reviews

Excellent

Elegant and bursting with flavour! Unbelievable that people have given this whiskey a bad review!!! Are you serious? This is absolutely superb and a pleasure to drink. Makes me want to pour a glass just thinking about it!

Smooth as silk! Great flavor! Only the 21 YO is better

Absolutely fantastic!

the best forever single malt scotch

I have been sipping Balvenie 10 and 12 for 20 years, dozens of bottles. This is the best. If I knew an erudite word with more syllables that described "best," I would use it. A drop, a small sip, a liquid layer on the tongue, DoubleWood 17 is an extreme pleasure in my daily life. Dr. Henry

Predictable Balvenie. Layered & quite a long finish

Priced a bit higher than the 16 triple cask, 14 carribean rum cask, this Balvenie is also very similar. Vanilla, honey, mild sherry, low ABV.
However, this one is a bit complex. Layered - spiciness and fruitiness. Balvenie according to me is a bit overpriced for its age and ABV. 46-48% ABV could have helped in a bit more intensity.
Good whisky but I would not buy again.

Watery Waste of Money

You'd get more flavours from licking an oak table!No flavour...no finish and totally forgettable...for nearly £90 on some websites!I will never buy Balvenie again...should have bought Glenfarclas 17 or Glengoyne 18 instead...great flavoured drams!Big difference between smooth and mellow and incipid and watery!Yuk!

Delicious

There aren't enough ooooo's in smooth

Sophistication in a bottle

I 've been sampling five whiskies today. Arran 18, Auchentoshan 21, Bruichladdich 22, Glen Scotia Victoriana. This is the one that keep wanting more of.

The way the flavour develops on the palate is wondrous. Wave after delicious wave of chocolate, vanilla, anis, toffee, butterscotch, acacia honey. This has the longest (and most pleasant) finish of any whisky I've tried.

Good stuff

Good whisky. Smells like wood and fruits. Tastes like wood, fruits, and toffee. A liquid sticky toffee pudding.

Awesome!

I've tasted many different kinds of whiskys 🥃 bourbons over the past few months and this one definitely tops the chart! Cheers!

Superb:-)

Heavenly taste,heavenly flavour 👍 a true big hitter in fine single malt whiskey.. :-)

Whiskey at its best

Wonderful wee dram.world class whisky,,

Perfection.

The best Christmas present my husband bought me :-).

Good value

Great scotch.

Worth the extra cash

Wonderful wee dram

Absolutely delightfully whiskey oozes flavour..a world class big hitter, john martin up the balmain tigers

I like it!!

I love the 21 Portwood! I've tried the 12 it's ok, the 15 is a little better, than I had the 17, as a matter of fact I'm having a glass now it's a great alternative for what I really love. The 21 is the nectar of the gods. I'm saving up for the 40!

Balvenie 17 or nothing

I'm not a scotch drinker. I'm a bourbon drinker. I've tried supposedly good scotch and still didn't like it... until I tried Balvenie 17. This is a very fine whisky and I will now only drink Balvenie 17 or nothing.

Best used as a mouth rinse or disinfectant!!

Taste like the nastiest shit one can possibly put in the mouth. Do justice to it by using this as disinfectant or mouth rinse.

Smooth sweet and wonderful

I am surprised by 1 star reviews. This is certainly not a 1 star whisky. This is a fantastic Speyside whisky. It is what it is. Don't expect smoke and peat from a Speyside. Do expect something a bit sweet and incredibly smooth. It's a fantastic whisky that is aged 17 years and finished in a sherry cask. If you don't like a sherry finish, don't buy it. If you want smoke or peat, don't buy a Speyside whisky. Expecting that is ignorant. If you enjoy Speyside whiskies with some sherry that is not overpowering this is fantastic.

Nevada Camel

This is my third Balvenie, having had the 12 yo Doublewood and the 14 yo Carib Cask. This is definitely my favorite of the three. This is day 6 of my Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar and so far I am a happy sipper. Thanks, MoM!

Gatzbe

Balvenie 17 is the necter of the gods,it's heavenly!

Ripping good nose, at least on recent expression

A previous bottle of the 17 was flat, I thought, not really surpassing the 12 in depth. But a recent bottle rocked. The nose is beautiful, with candy coated pear and vanilla and cotton candy. Opens on the palate into oranges and malty and winter spices. Dries out a bit but lingers. Wish the price would come down a bit, but the structure is tight.

Kevin

Coatline is thick and oily, legs thick and slow to run
Nose-very sweet, Orange then fruitcake and wood spices reflecting length of time in cask, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and eventually clove. Honied or maple syrup. Slight smoke in the background suggesting a deep char first fill American white oak, as does slight pepper presence.
Palate-sweet, Orange, fruitcake, spices, pepper and again slight smoke, honey, maple syrup.
Finish-medium length, sweet spicy and tannic reflecting sherry cask. Colour suggests Oloroso for a year or so.
Conclusion- a nice Speyside but in which the woods dominate the spirit.

Mr Des Lee

The nicest Scotch Whiskey I have ever tasted.

Sherry ruins a good scotch

I know this is a rating that will anger some people but i have to be honest. Sherry casks, to me, ruin perfectly good scotch. I can't stand the sweetness, it's why i don't drink bourbon. To me, scotch is meant to be smokey, peaty, complex. This scotch's good notes are masked by the sweet Sherry taste. Would have been better in only oak.

My favorite "go to"

I am pretty new to Scotches, drinking them with friends most Fridays after work, and have been fortunate enough to try many wonderful Scotches over the past year. This was one of my first Scotch experiences and is still one of my favorites. I am never caught without a bottle on hand at home or when away on business. Price and deliciousness just add up to a wonderful drink.

Complex and smooth

Too expensive, but this whisky is full of delicious notes of fruits, honey, and a sweetness that is so nice. No pepper whatsoever in this dram. A little dry.

I can't say I didn't expect more, but this is my favorite between the 12 and 14 year Olds. This is a delicious single malt and I will make sure to keep it in my bar.

Beautiful middle

The start tough but smooths out quickly. Flavors deep in the middle. Finishes nicely on the pallet

Complex but still Smooth

Smooth with a nice toughness. Interesting flavor profile and complexity. Enjoy with a big stick.

overpriced - overrated

I spent a good long attentive time sipping the 12 and the 17. I admit that the 17 has lovely body and subtle complexity, but it is, to my taste, lacking in both flavor and finish. It is hardly 3 times the flavor for 3 times the price. The 12 has a wonderful sweetness and a perfect vanilla finish. I bought the 17 because the 15 was out of stock - that was a minor tragedy. The 15 is incomparable.

Lame

It was boring, hot and over-priced; I wouldn't pay over $35.00 for this.

Yummy!

Very good, but prefer the 12yr!

Excellent

I found this to be delicious.

Mr Terence Smith

Best whisky bar none

Lives up to the hype.....

I am a Balvenie fan and own the 12yr DoubleWood, 14Yr Caribbean and have sampled the 21 Yr Portwood and the 15 Single and 15 Sherry wood straight out of the barrel thanks to Anthony Bourdain.
This 17 Yr Doublewood was my second favorite only behind the 21 yr Portwood and I will be adding a bottle to my collection.

Such a let down..........

I nearly ordered a bottle of this, but at the last minute decided to buy a miniature tasting set. Boy am I glad I did. The set contained 12y, 14y, and the 17y. The 12 was very punchy, but flowed with flavour, and smelt Devine. The 14 was a little bit more refined, and had a very long finish. The 17 was such a disappointment!!!!!!!! It was so smooth I actualy thought it had been watered down. No where near as complex as other whiskies of this age, and pretty bland really. Such a disappointment............................ Go for the twelve, tastes better, and you will save a bit of money

The cloying sweetness (from the sherry cask?) ruins it for me, otherwise nice

A very reasonable whisky, though the cloying sweetness that I assume is from the sherry cask just ruins it for me. I start out noticing the light spice on my tongue, with a nice sweetness, then shortly after I wonder what happened and why I still taste a heavy lingering sweetness. Sherry always ruins it for me, should know better.

A tastier version of the 12 year

No idea why there is bad reviews on this one! You like Balvenie? You'll love this.

Oak.

The nose is clean with a promising hopes of sweetness from the sherry - but I could hardly pick up anything past the oak. A tiny bit of honeysuckle and maybe stone fruit comes through, finishing with vanilla. However the intensity of the oak makes it so dry that it seems to evaporate off the palate (literally) before it can be truly tasted. The finish is long, indeed, but I thought I'd been chewing on wood chips.

Overall - a decent dram that I didn't mind tasting, but far overpriced. the quality is there but the blatant imbalance masks "what could have been". perhaps their next release will have more influence from the sherry casks - that I'd like to see.

Northern Ontario

this is my fave scotch. outstanding, smooth and enjoyable right through. any reviews that are negative are really quite unbelievable.! well done Balvenie

Long Time Scotch Drinker but Not a Snob.

I have to say I enjoyed this greatly, when I finish this bottle I will buy another to have around for those special occasions.

Fantastic

Wonderful scotch. Enjoin it as I write the review. Fruity, long finish and wonderful. Enough said.

Knock On Wood

Plums, sherry, cherry, red apples, smooth finish of pears and blood orange but still feel the Balvenie 21 reigns supreme. Enjoyable.

good, but not my cup of tea

Got this as a gift and enjoyed it, but I wouldn't pay my money for it.

Very nice but...

So this is a perfectly good whiskey but I couldn't tell the difference between this and the 12 year old. On that basis I wouldn't buy this again as I don't think twice the price is justified.

Above the bar

I see some negative reviews. Cannot understand them. I have yet to share a Balvenie with anyone who hasn't tried it that hasn't gone out and bought supplies of their own afterwards. To each his own, so I don't bash other brands and will not name any here. But I have witnessed a friend pour a bottle of premium single malt of another brand down the drain after tasting the doublewood. He said it made his tast like "a cheap bottle of blended scotch". I've tried numerous brands and enjoy only a select few. I would put The Balvenie a the top of my list. Exceptionally smooth yet delightfully nosey.

excellent

Really enjoying this bottle. Wish i had picked up another bottle when down in the US.

It grows on you

Buy a bottle, because a sample won't do it. At first I was disappointed, but by the last drop I had forgiven it for its small shortcomings. It is an all round clean malt - great nose with a clear mix of bourbon oak and sherry oak characteristics. The taste is wonderful, but it lacks a bit of Oomphf. It's hard to explain, it seems restrained, held back. No single characteristics is allowed to play the lead so to speak. I wish they would have bottled it at 46% and kept it un-chill filtered, maybe that would have given it that final push to making it a truly unforgettable single malt.

Cardboard

Sorry but this just didn't do it for me. It tasted of cardboard and plaster to me. The same way Glenfiddich does, but twice as strong. There was a sherry finish that covers it up, but it's still there, and I'm not that big of a sherry-finish fan anyway (except oddly in the Lagavulin DE). And, it's pricey. If you have tasted Glenfiddich and you know the cardboard I'm talking about, then stay away (unless you like the cardboard, then by all means dig in).

Lacking on taste.

Bought this as many do, based on the reviews. But for my self, found the nose to be much more impressive than the taste.
There's a strong smell of vanilla toffee and spice, but genuinley found the taste was a little one dimensional.
Over all pleasant, but to similar to the 12 in taste. Just a little smoother.

Sumptuous Speyside with a wonderful fruit and floral finish

A wonderful Speyside from Balvenie, a bit darker and with better mouth feel than the Double Wood 12. Excellent honey and apple notes; strong but not overpowering. An elegant, smooth-sweet finish of light vanilla and apple.

- MJM

Beautiful

Liquid poetry. Liquid gold. Almost a jolly rancher green apple on the nose and palate, but very subtle, just lingering in the background so its not too tart.

Good

My Cousin works for a distributor and he got 2 bottles of these as a prize for employee of the month and he gave me one just because. But before he did, we sat there at a casual 4 pm meeting and finished half bottle of it with no chaser or snacks. i thought it was just great. took the bottle home and it was still great and shared with friends and such. was able to find the bottle at local county liquor stores for around $70. ever since, their popularity has gone off the charts and now u can't buy below $100. this is within the last 4 - 5 years.

But i bought a bottle recently. and this is by far my favorite whiskey... Love it...

Brian.webster.

a very good dram.light,and easy to take,up there with the best.after all it is Balvenie..

@Review Problem

Ah yes, you appear to be very correct indeed! Hats off to you, we've fixed this error now. An excellent whisky with 0 stars is a sight to see indeed... --The Chaps at Master of Malt

Review Problem

The reviewer above said the whisky was excellent and gave it zero stars. How can it be great but not get any stars. Probably an error that should be corrected.

Simply superb

An amazing, honeyed, easy drinking soft scotch. I could drink this all day.
Expensive but well worth it. Balvenie is the best.

Excellent Spirit

Deep golden amber, an enticing appearance.

Notes of oak come through from its time in the barrel, honey and layers of fruit. Fruit, oak, vanilla. The time spent in the sherry cask does add a different flavor and a “roundness.” Honey as well, light alcohol taste, easy, short lived finish

I am very happy to have bought this bottle, I tried to drink it slowly because I knew the day would come when it would be gone and that would be a sad day indeed. That being said, I didn’t run right out of the house and shell out another $130 for a bottle as soon as it was empty. It was good and I liked it very much, but there’s so much more out there and something tells me there are better choices for the money

Excellent whiskey

Only surpassed by the 21 year old portwood.

great value

Its very smooth and for the price you can't go wrong.

Ok

I have quite a good collection and a variety of different and interesting whiskeys and I have just added this one to my collection. After reading the reviews I thought this a must have, and I'm a little disappointed. Now don't get me wrong its got a great nutty, spicy taste with a hint of vanilla and fruit but its lacking something and I can't quite put my finger on it. It is a good whiskey and I do enjoy it but for the price there's a few other whiskeys that I prefer, but that's just me.

Given its price, it surely delivers

I have many variety of scotch in my collection, however this is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. extremely creamy on the pallet, complex flavours of caramel, vanilla, and some dark chocolate that never cease to disappoint. If I could afford to I would buy another ten bottles before its no longer available.
the only downside for me is the price tag. Here in BC Canada this bottle fetches $180.

A bit disappointing

This is a good dram, don't get me wrong. But it seems a bit hollow to me. The 14 Caribbean Cask is more complex and half the price. Otherwise, I would save up a few more dollars and just get the 21 Portwood instead.

Whisky Advent Calendar 2013 off to a great start

This is the first dram from Day One of my whisky advent calendar (an early Xmas present to myself). If this standard is maintained, it's going to be a great December!

Excellent

Really great whiskey. Smoother and more complex than its younger counterpart. Long, sweet finish. One of the most easily drinkable whiskeys I've ever come across.

5 stars all the way

I'll miss this when its gone

Setting the bar High

My problem with this whiskey is basically that it has destroyed every other for me. Since my 18th birthday my dad and I have this tradition where we always give eachother whiskeys for our birthday. This one has pretty much destroyed it for me. I have not, in the 5 years since I first tasted this whiskey, ever tried another quite as good.

This is the comparison for every new whiskey I try. And it always wins.

Fantastic

It is like the Double Wood 12 y/o matured into an incredibly complex scotch. If you enjoy the 12y/o you will find this 17y/o highly worth the price. However, I would only share it with those who can truly appreciate its complexity.

Wonderful dram of whisky

I like the 12yo Double Wood as standard whisky around the house but this is just awesome. As tasty as the 21yo Port Wood.

Missing a whiff of smoke

excellent whiskey. exactly as others describe, however I do feel it is lacking just a whiff of smoke to make this a perfect dram. 9.5/10

Expectations met

I had quite high hopes for this one given it's great younger brother, but I wasn't disappointed. This is a dram that is very enjoyable and worth every penny. The 21 yo Portwood is one of few bottles I've bought more than once and this 17 yo DW will probably appear in my cabinet again, too.

Dram wonderful

Fortunate to have been given a bottle as a present from my son Kieran, good lad. We already know Balvennie 12 Doublewood very well. 17 is even smoother, really easy to drink with a sweet warm vanilla finish. Exquisite.
My only problem is trying to save a few tots for my son when he returns home from Uni.

Dram wonderful

Given this as a present from my son Kieran, good lad. Better than MacAllan 18year old which I previously thought among my collections best. Sublime. Extremely difficult not to drink it all as I have promised my son we will have a tot or two when he is back from Uni.

Best.

This is my favorite whisky to have tasted. The 12 year is blah to me, nothing special, prefer MaCallan 12 or Double Black. But, the 17 is sweet, linguering, inviting, and very tasty like dessert. I do not like the 14 or the Caribbean cask.

Anyone?

I want to try this so bad! Someone leave a review for me haha. I had the 12 year double wood and absolutely loved it.

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old

Awards for Balvenie 17yo DoubleWood

Gold Outstanding
Gold Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Gold
Gold

Speyside Single Malts 13-18yo - 2015

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Gold
Gold

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2017

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Silver
Silver

Distillers' Single Malts between 13 and 20 years old - 2014

International Spirits Challenge

Silver
Silver

Speyside Single Malts 13-18yo - 2013

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Balvenie 17yo DoubleWood Details

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Region

Distillery / Brand

Bottler Balvenie

Age

Style

Alcohol 43.0%

Volume 70cl

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Contains Allergens

This product does not contain any notifiable allergens

Celery No

Cereals Containing Gluten No

Crustaceans No

Eggs No

Fish No

Lupin No

Milk No

Molluscs No

Mustard No

Nuts No

Peanuts No

Sesame Seeds No

Soybeans No

Sulphur Dioxide / Sulphites No

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