Review: The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old
Another little classic has become the subject of my next whisky review… and it’s nothing to do with me nearly finishing the bottle *coughcough*. I wanted to do a review of a whisky that some reviewers really rate, whilst others find simply boring.
This 12 year-old from The Balvenie is aged in first/second-fill bourbon casks, with up to another year in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks, and was the first Balvenie I ever purchased. I’ve read in the past that the Balvenie’s usual model can stick to strong honey and heathery flavours. If so, this Doublewood doesn’t seem to be their quintessential whisky then (maybe I’m completely wrong), with the Oloroso sherry influence bringing a slightly heavier depth, concealing the wispy floral notes.
This is a whisky that can really get mixed reviews. I sometimes find myself agreeing with both sides of the arguments…
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