Archive For The “Balvenie” Category

12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2017

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2017

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday shopping season again, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday so gift buying is about to kick into high gear! Should we perhaps institute Whisky Wednesday for crazy sales on amber joy? I’ll start with this post! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make…

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Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel (47.8%)

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Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel (47.8%)

For many years, the 15 year old Single Barrel was the only widely available and affordable Balvenie edition available to bourbon cask matured whisky fans from the distillery. There is a single barrel 25 year old to be had, but obviously at £500, it’s not really in the “affordable whisky” range (I’ll be posting notes on…

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The 2015 TWE Whisky Show – Day Two Recap!

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The 2015 TWE Whisky Show – Day Two Recap!

If you didn’t see the day one recap, you’ll find it here… On day two, the line went considerably faster, First Torben and I got on line earlier with our coffees taken with us, and secondly, this year all holders of two day passes got a special color coded waterproof bracelet on their wrists, making entry…

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The Balvenie’s Strange Overpriced 25 Year Old

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The Balvenie’s Strange Overpriced 25 Year Old

The Balvenie is one of those distilleries that geeks love to love. In William Grant and Sons’ infinite understanding of their market they are about to roll out the second batch of the Tun 1509 (Batch 1 reviewed here) – the über-geeky whisky with a map of individual cask influence. Between the move to the…

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Almost as Old as They Get – The Balvenie 40

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Almost as Old as They Get – The Balvenie 40

Israel is usually far off the beaten path for brand ambassadors, and the arrival of one is a great reason for a get-together. So when Balvenie ambassador Jonny Cornthwaite came to Israel to lead a tasting for local importer HaKerem, Israel’s whisky bloggers (all three of us: Yoav of Whisky Gospel, Gal of Whisky Israel and yours…

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Comparing the Two Versions of the 21 Year Old Balvenie PortWood

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Comparing the Two Versions of the 21 Year Old Balvenie PortWood

I reviewed the standard 40% ABV 21 year old PortWood Balvenie here, and bemoaned the craft presentation of the crown jewel in the Balvenie core range both chill filtered and in a low ABV. I mentioned that a new version presented at 47.6% ABV with no chill filtration, and hoped that I would get a…

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Another 17 Year Old – Teaspooned Balvenie from Vom Fass

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Another 17 Year Old – Teaspooned Balvenie from Vom Fass

17 Seems to be a good number for Balvenie, and Vom Fass, an independent “straight from the cask” retailer got hold of a batch of Balvenie. While it seems, however, that Balvenie is happy to sell the occasional cask here and there, the Grant family seem to have an absolute aversion to having independent bottlings…

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The Strangest (and Coolest?) Balvenie of Them All

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The Strangest (and Coolest?) Balvenie of Them All

One small, lesser know fact is that all Balvenie whisky is peated. Well, at 6 ppm you wouldn’t really call it peated, but the malt does get a few hours of peat smoke exposure. The distillery has two furnaces, and the peat exposure is done at the beginning of the kilning. That’s not, however, what…

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Double Balvenie – A Song of Oak and Sherry

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Double Balvenie – A Song of Oak and Sherry

If asked what Balvenie’s “thing” is, I’d say it’s finishes. Granted, some of the expressions are unfinished, but very few are “straight up” bourbon or sherry cask matured. But looking at Balvenie’s core range, it secreams finishes: from the 12 year old DoubleWood (reviewed here), the 14 year old Caribbean Cask (reviewed here), today’s 17…

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Balvenie Goes Tropical!

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Balvenie Goes Tropical!

I love getting mail from my readers, and this week I got an email from Malt and Oak reader and Balvenie fan Tiffany asking for a review of the Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask. In truth, I’ve been remiss in publishing notes for several Balvenie expression I either have notes for, or have samples…

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