This bottle is a little… lacking? Disappointing? Awkward?
COLOR: medium brown gold
NOSE: Granny Smith apples up front, sweet vanilla
PALATE: lacking and too smooth, more like scotch flavored water than a 16 year old three cask specimen 😦
FINISH: delicious and amazingly fruity, buttery on the tongue
NOSE: a little less sweet, a little more spice
PALATE: almost like a scotch that forgot to be a scotch, the spice and flavor is almost invisible
FINISH: is full of spice this time and still buttery
It’s kind of a strange dram. Doubly so when compared to the Caribbean Cask and the Doublewood we’ll be reviewing soon.
The palate wasn’t smooth like the blended Hibiki which is smooth but full of subtle flavors worth deciphering.
And it’s certainly not as friendly as the Balvenie Caribbean Cask and it’s brown sugar bubble gum handshake with your tongue.
This Balvenie is just an oddball.
The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year
COLOR: Orange, rust and toasted wheat
NOSE: A lot of sherry on the nose, followed by cherry/fruit capri-sun. It’s a very light nose and still a distinct fig spirit comes through, maybe to the detriment of the spirit. So far, an okay start.
PALATE: Woodsy sherry with a very light balanced smoke. A sourness comes through after some light spice, like chewing on a toothpick and not knowing when enough is enough. Water opens up vanilla extract, round bosc pear, mint/spearmint and oddly enough, cabbage.
FINISH: It’s a medium to short finish, laden with spice, smoke and sherry.
This is a perfect example of a scotch that really showcases that not everyone loves a highly rated scotch. I will never buy another bottle of this 12 year old DoubleWood ever again. I don’t enjoy it and I feel like, especially for the price, it doesn’t bring anything to the table. The Balvenie is a great distillery and this might just be a poor showing or an unfortunate bottling.
Don’t be discouraged!! Where there is a bad scotch, there is a great bottle right behind it…look…There it is! Don’t see it? Just come back for another review by scotch N sniff!
Sometimes in life you have to take a chance on something amazing in hopes that it works out. This bottle of Glenlivet 40 (bottled by Alexander Murray & Co, sold by Costco under the Kirkland brand name) is that chance that we wanted to take.
Glenlivet 40 (1972)
Bottled by Alexander Murray & Co
Having spoken to a few other scotch loving gentlemen it would seem there are two schools of thought on a bottle like this.
The first school of thought only cares about what’s in the bottle and the actual scotch itself. A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet and a scotch in any other bottle is still the same delicious dram.
The second school of thought actually cares about the bottle and the distillery doing the original bottling. Snobs. 😛
At ScotchNSniff, we’ve chosen to follow the first school of thought. The one that doesn’t judge a scotch by it’s color or bottle or packaging or name.
With all of that said, let’s review this beauty.
I have to preface today’s CNPF review by saying
you can’t buy this scotch on store shelves in the states.
It’s a “For distribution in the UK” product and both Scotch and Sniff placed an order
at Master of Malt to bring some fine scotch over for reviews.
Master of Malt actually bottles this scotch under the name
“The Boutique-y Whisky Company” hence the “Batch 1” moniker.
It’s a shame this particular beauty isn’t sold here because IT IS DELICIOUS!
On to the review…
COLOR : clear crystal gold
NOSE : figs, mildly sweet fruit,
PALATE: spices are light, slightly astringent,
FINISH: hazelnuts are legit
NOSE : brought out the vanilla as the box claims but the spices hidden in the palate are revealed also
PALATE : pleasant, still soft and slightly astringent
FINISH : almost peppery
This is a solid scotch but not as memorable as a lot of the other scotches we’ve reviewed. And that’s all I have to say about that.
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