Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland
Reviewed August 26, 2017
Im inclined to think I got a bad bottle (batch). I had great expectations for this single malt, especially after I paid 62.00 USD for it here in Orlando FL but I am greatly disappointed. I do get some sherry influence in the nose but not in a pleasant way, it reminds me of a cheap Walmart wine. There is not much on the palate either, you know when you open up a liter of soda and come back to it 2 weeks later after letting it sit on the fridge... well sort of like that. You get the feeling that your drinking scotch but thats about it. It has a really short finish if any at all along with alcohol burn shinning through. To be fair I am not a huge sherry cask fan but I do appreciate a nice sherried dram from time to time. Another point I wanted to bring up was that last night I tried to pair it with one of my finest cigars ( Rocky Patel Vintage 1990) hoping that it would somehow compensate for the lack of character but to my surprise it brought out a really unpleasant musty note that I had not noticed when just drinking this malt on its own. This review is based on the fact that I spent 60+ USD, by comparison I could've rounded out 25 extra bucks and went for a Lagavulin 16/ Talisker or even a Macallan Double Oak for the same price. If you are going to charge that amount there better be something special in the bottle. Will most definitely not buy again. 2.5 stars.
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