The Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Year
The Balvenie // Speyside, Scotland
This Speyside Scotch from Dufftown is known for growing their own barley for malting, a tradition all but lost in the Highlands now. This release is aged in first fill ex-Bourbon casks, that have been selected specifically for their sweetness and vanilla aromas. "Each bottling forms a limited edition of no more than 300 hand-numbered bottles drawn from a single cask, making each bottle unique and unrepeatable."
Single MaltDistilled 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.
"It's very light and fruity - golden apples, pears, green grapes. The bourbon cask indeed imparts a good hit of vanilla, also a pleasant charcoal smoke from the charred wood of the barrel. Finishes sweet with some pie spices. Really opens up significantly with the slightest drop of water."