The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year

DoublewoodOverall – 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Bottle Boasts – 
A lot – lol.  Matured in two distinct casks, first Whisky Oak, then Sherry Oak.  Gentle layers of vanilla and spice, and fruity and honey depths.

Bottle also talks about their distilling process as being traditional, using floor malting, growing their own barley and still employing coopers and a coppersmith.  I don’t know what that means, but I like learning new things so I’ll be looking in to it.

Delivers –
I got the hint of sherry right off, I was proud I picked that one out before I read the bottle.  I could also smell the honey, and really taste the vanilla.  The first glass of this was pretty harsh, strong, biting and very alcoholy tasting.  I’m sure it will mellow over time.

Tasting Notes

To The Eye

Dark amber, clear rather than translucent.  Not cloudy at all, a very nice rich colour.

To The Nose

Burnt caramel, some nuttiness, maybe a hint of fruit – grape, plum, raisin, date, something like that.  Very subtle.

To The Tongue

Slightly sweet, creamy, medium bodied.  Almost buttery – slight taste of black cherry.

To The End

Dry, warming, slightly drying, slightly vinegary.  Leaves a tingling on the tongue, a pleasant experience.

What did you think?