Balvenie week, day #3.
Today’s Balvenie is an interesting one. Quite different from the others I’ve had. When I first got into The Balvenie I reached for the 15yr Single Barrel (still my favorite Balvenie to date) then the 12yr DoubleWood, the 21yr PortWood then the 17yr Madeira Cask.
When I got my first bottle of the 12yr Signature, to be quite honest, I just did not appreciate it as I should have. I was expecting something similar to their 12yr DoubleWood and it’s a very different whisky (if’n you ask me). Now that I am able to sit down and actually review the stuff, I’ve got to say that I think my mind is changed on it.
Before we go to that, however, please sit back and enjoy the 3rd video in my exclusive Balvenie Employee’s favorites series. Today I am featuring Stephen Archibald:
So, here are my official thoughts on this whisky:
On the nose – Bright nose with scents that stick to your nose as if they had little bits of velcro on them:
Banana peels and then some pears (again, unripened).
Vanilla and flan.
Some fried pineapple too.
Appetizing, yes? Yes.
On the mouth – Was hoping for a little more oomph on the palate here (maybe a higher ABV would have helped here?).
Not as upfront as I wound have expected after the nose.
However, it’s quite delicious.
Plastic shopping bags.
Finish – It’s all vanilla, honey and nuts. Something I realized after the 3rd or 4th sip I was there’s a big, strong oak backbone.
In sum – The balance with this whisky is very strong. A solid whisky. This is, to me, a nice aperitif type whisky. Light and fruity – gets me hungry for dinner. Enjoy in good company.
I’m not sure how long this deal will last but, Shopper’s Vineyard has this for only $36.99 a bottle.