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Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 47.8%
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Launched in 2013, Balvenie's Single Barrel offerings are limited edition bottlings, with no more than 300 drawn from a single cask, hand-numbered and labelled with the cask number. This release was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for at least 12 years before bottling.
Tasting note: Perfect clarity in the bright gold appearance. Wavers before attractive scents of apple strudel, poached pear in wine and hints of cinnamon are released. Further exposure subdues the overall intensity but accents mild fruit cake notes, dilute honey and hints of ginger biscuit. The big wood influence and higher ABV delivers more punch than you'd expect from Balvenie with honey, vanilla and barley sugar featuring in a medium to full bodied profile and showing terrific balance through to the vibrant, spicy, subtle charry oak / wafer biscuit fade. Like the superb peated release tasted earlier, this marks a departure from the house style, taking a more heavy handed approach to what is generally a delicate spirit. It will find favour amongst those who generally prefer the bolder Speyside malts, like Benromach or Glenfarclas. Great value while this price holds.47.8% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... An aromatic Scotch with bright honey, pear and floral touches, this single-barrel offering features creamy custard, banana and a touch of cocoa before finishing on a baking spice note. The alcohol presence is considerable; temper it with a good dose of water and consider pairing it with a rich dessert. 47.8% Alc./Vol.
91 points (12/1/2013) www.wineenthusiast.com