The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year

Single Malt

The Balvenie // Speyside, Scotland

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  • Distiller Score

    89
  • Avg. Rating

    4.02
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 2437 )

This bottling is aged traditionally in used American barrels for 14 years and then finished in rum casks, but these casks were seasoned by The Balvenie themselves. They selected different rums from the West Indies and poured them into new American oak to season the wood. They then take their aged whisky and finish aging in the seasoned rum casks. Incidentally, this method actually further ages the rum which they can then sell back. Classic!

  • age
    14 Year
  • abv
    43.0
  • Single Malt
    Distilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
  • Cask Type
    ex-Bourbon, new American oak seasoned with Rum

Tasting Notes

"Aging whisky in rum casks can be a tricky proposition as they whisky can become overly "rummed". To be successful, the rum should just enhance the whisky, not overpower it. The Balvenie have done well here. Tropical fruits, vanilla, and honey are present, but it isn't intensely molasses or funky. "

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