The Balvenie DoubleWood 17yr

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Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.

Colour:

Bright Gold.

Nose:

Sweet, vanilla, oak.

With Water: Sweetness comes through as honey.

Palate:

Sweet and creamy, toffee, vanilla, oak and a slight fruit tang.

With Water: Fruit tang comes from a dried raisins flavour.

Finish:

Medium, vanilla, oak and spice.

With Water: As with the nose honey comes through on the finish.

 

Overall:

A very enjoyable and complex dram from Balvenie, although not sure I’d rush out to buy a bottle at £70.

 

Notes:

Taken from The Balvenie Website. 

 

THE BALVENIE

DoubleWood

AGED 17 YEARS

To craft DoubleWood 17 Year Old Malt Master David Stewart, who celebrated his 50th year at The Balvenie in 2012, returned to one of his most celebrated achievements – consecutive maturation in two different types of cask, a process often referred to as ‘cask finishing’.  This technique is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood – it sees the whisky matured first in American oak barrels, which impart soft sweet vanilla notes, before being transferred to European oak sherry casks, where the second cask ageing adds rich spicy flavours and a depth and fullness of flavour.

The DoubleWood 17 Year Old is an elder sibling to DoubleWood 12 Year Old and shares its honeyed, spicy characteristics, but it is distinctly different, with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity.

 

TASTING NOTES

NOSE

Elegant and complex oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple.

TASTE

Sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes and traces of oak and deep vanilla.

FINISH

Vanilla oak, honey and spicy sweetness.

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