Dark amber hue. The opening aroma is pronounced, sassy, peppery and peaty; aeration stimulates added scents of Sherry, smoke, tobacco leaf and sweet malt. On the palate, a sweet, oaky richness is evident immediately; by midpalate, well-endowed flavors of vanilla cream, caramel and Sherry overwhelm the taste buds. The endless aftertaste is round, smoky and toffee-like. A Balvenie benchmark. Best Buy.(Wine Enthusiast)
Rated 89 Deep orange-amber hue. Markedly rich aromas show a licorice-like note. Heavily wood influenced, with a deep smoky accent. Mouthfeel is viscous and rich with a powerful oak accent and well-spiced finish. A rich after-dinner style. (tastings.com)
My first taste of Balvenie but definitely not the last one.
My Favorite Single Malt
Posted by Unknown on 17th May 2012
I like to try different single malts, but i always compare everything to the Balvenie Doublewood. I don't think there is a better Scotch at this price and I think it is better than a lot of more expensive ones like say a Macallan 21year. The Balvenie is on the sweeter side with a nice complex oak profile. I don't however taste or smell any peat or smoke so I disagree with the product description in that regard. If you like sweeter sherry cask Scotch's you can't go wrong with this one.