Scotland's Speyside Balvenie Doublewood 12, which is the 12-year expression of the Balvenie distillery located in the region, is aged in bourbon barrels for about 10 years and then transferred to sherry barrels for 2 years.
Founded in 1892 by William Grant, Balvenie distillery has been part of the same family since then. It should be noted that the same family owns the Glenfiddich, Kininvie, Ailsa Bay and Tullamore distilleries.
Balvenie manages the malting process (floor malting) It draws attention as one of the few distillery that makes its own. In addition, Balvenie obtains the peat used in production by extracting it from the soil itself.
Balvenie Doublewood 12 (Scottish Single Malt, 40% abv)
Nose: With the first sniff, I smelled intense wood, antique, lacquer scents. It almost made me feel like I was in a woodworking workshop. Followed by vanilla, caramel and honey. As the glass rose, the sherry notes became more pronounced. Pretty balanced.
Palate: Dried fruit, caramel, oak and honey. Additionally, cinnamon, rosemary and malt. It is also possible to get light nutty and tobacco-like aromas. The sherry effect is more pronounced than the nose.
Finish: Medium length. Slight sweet-bitter aromas are accompanied by cinnamon and oak.
Comment: Balvenie Doublewood 12 is a balanced expression of sherry, spice and woody aromas.
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