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Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year Old

Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year Old

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The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old: A Rich and Rewarding Speyside Single Malt

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old is a cornerstone of the Speyside single malt category, renowned for its smooth character and depth of flavour. This expression expertly showcases the impact of cask maturation, undergoing a two-stage process that yields a truly unique whisky experience.

Maturation: The Art of Two Casks

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 embarks on its journey in traditional refill American oak casks, previously used for bourbon. These casks impart mellowing notes of vanilla and gentle spice, laying the foundation for the whisky's character. Following this initial maturation, the spirit is then transferred to Spanish oak Oloroso sherry butts for a finishing touch. Oloroso sherry is a dry style known for its rich, nutty and dried fruit character, and these influences are readily absorbed by the whisky during this second maturation stage. Finally, the whisky spends a brief period in large oak vessels to allow the various elements to marry seamlessly, resulting in a harmonious and balanced expression.

Tasting Notes: A Symphony of Flavour

  • Nose: The initial aroma presents a delightful interplay between the American oak and Oloroso sherry influences. Honeyed sweetness mingles with hints of vanilla and soft spice, followed by a gentle wave of dried fruits like raisins and dates. A touch of citrus zest adds a touch of vibrancy to the bouquet.
  • Palate: The first sip delivers a luxuriously smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavours echo the enticing aromas, with honey and vanilla leading the way. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg peek through, adding a warming complexity. Orchard fruits like ripe apples and pears emerge alongside the dried fruit notes, creating a well-rounded and inviting character. The influence of the Oloroso sherry becomes more apparent in the mid-palate, offering a subtle nuttiness and a touch of dark chocolate.
  • Finish: The finish is long and lingering, leaving a pleasant warmth on the tongue. The honeyed sweetness persists, interwoven with hints of spice and dried fruit. A touch of oak tannin adds a touch of dryness, ensuring a balanced and satisfying conclusion.

Serving Suggestions

  • Neat: To fully appreciate the intricate flavours of the Balvenie DoubleWood 12, it's best enjoyed neat. Served in a traditional whisky glass, allow the whisky to breathe for a few minutes to allow the full spectrum of aromas to unfurl.
  • Speyside Spritz: For a refreshing take on the Balvenie DoubleWood 12, try a Speyside Spritz. Combine 50ml of Balvenie DoubleWood 12, 25ml soda water, a squeeze of fresh grapefruit juice, and a grapefruit twist in a highball glass filled with ice. This light and bubbly cocktail allows the whisky's core flavours to shine while offering a touch of citrusy zest.
  • Food Pairing: The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 pairs exceptionally well with a variety of foods. Its creamy texture and honeyed sweetness complement creamy cheeses and soft fruits. For a heartier pairing, consider roasted nuts, dried fruits, or even smoked meats. The subtle spice notes also make it a suitable partner for slightly spicy dishes.

The Balvenie Doublewood 12: A Speyside Classic

With its smooth texture, rich flavours, and approachable character, the Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old is a single malt that appeals to both seasoned whisky enthusiasts and newcomers alike. The influence of the two cask maturation stages creates a truly captivating whisky experience, offering a delightful harmony of honeyed sweetness, subtle spice, dried fruit notes, and a touch of warming nuttiness. Whether enjoyed neat, in a refreshing cocktail, or alongside a well-chosen dish, the Balvenie DoubleWood 12 is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Purchase the Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old at The General Wine Co. and embark on your own Speyside whisky journey.

 

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