Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Balvenie 12 Single Barrel
Up until about a year ago, I pretty much ignored the existence of Balvenie. Some of their malts were fine, but I'd never had anything that bowled me over. Then last year, they blew one out of the ballpark with the Tun 1401. Given that success, I was pretty excited to taste their newest whiskey, a 12 year old single barrel aged in first fill bourbon casks.
Balvenie 12 year old Single Barrel First Fill, 47.8% abv, Cask 12694 ($70)
The nose is a fruit bomb with pears and fruit cocktail. The palate is fruity and malty in equal parts. The finish is mostly malty with some cereal and cocoa.
This one is bright and fruity. It's not overly complex but is nicely drinkable, a good edition to the Balvenie lineup and a perfect lighter whiskey for those hot summer months (along with Bladnoch). Keep in mind, as a single barrel release, barrels may vary.