Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old Review


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Type – Single Malt

Age – 12 Year Old

Location – Speyside

Casks – Ex-Bourbon & Sherry

Price – £39.95

Taste Profile

Smokiness – 0/5

Fruitiness – 3.5/5

Oakiness – 3.5/5

Spiciness – 3/5

Boldness – 2/5

S&S Rating



Taste – 3.5/5

Value – 4/5

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What do we think of this whisky?

With 12 years in ex-bourbon casks and 9 months in old Spanish sherry casks it’s more of a 12 and three quarter year old scotch whisky. With the bulk of time being in the used American Oak barrels this means you get that trademark vanillary aroma and taste of many Speyside single malts. The stint in the sherry casks just adds mild fruity notes. There’s also an element of spice with this whisky, which is surprisingly refreshing.

The Balvenie DoubleWood is an extremely popular single malt and is a great whisky for anyone looking to get into the world of scotch, it’s a fairly easy drinker but shouts quality at the same time.

Should I add ice or water?

We would advise not to include either to this one as it’s quite a gentle scotch whisky as is. If it’s a hot day then a bit of ice might bring some cool relief as we see this whisky as.a nice summer option.


What music genres pair well with this whisky?

Folk, Rock, Acoustic, Downtempo Pop

What album have we chosen for this whisky?

Morcheeba’s Big Calm album does what it says on the tin, it’s a very peaceful experience. The track ‘The Sea’ really sets the tone for the rest of the album. The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch is also a very calming experience, therefore makes a perfect partner for chilling with. We also see this as quite a nice summer scotch choice, which again suits Morcheeba’s style.


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