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Which Balvenie

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Which Balvenie...please see my post first

Balvenie 10
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Balvenie 12
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Which Balvenie

Postby ScotchPalate » Thu Dec 28, 2006 7:30 pm

I recently got the Balvenie 21 Year Portwood Finish for Xmas. I was thinking about another Balvenie. I've hear lots of great things about the 15 year, but that it's heavy on the vanilla and honey. I already have a few other drams with those flavors, so I'd like to try one of their other expressions. What say you...........
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Postby vitara7 » Thu Dec 28, 2006 7:33 pm

dont know if you can still get it where you are or even could to start with, but the balvenie 1989 is a cracker i think.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 28, 2006 7:49 pm

Well, that's Balvenie. If you don't want that, look elsewhere. But personally, I think the 15 is a really, really nice dram.
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Postby ScotchPalate » Thu Dec 28, 2006 7:53 pm

Tattie, is that to say that the 10 & 12 are also honeyed vanilla drams?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 28, 2006 8:02 pm

That's a fair assessment of the house style. Actually, I get more orangey notes than vanilla, especially from the 15, but honey and vanilla are often cited. See here for tasting notes.
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Postby Choochoo » Thu Dec 28, 2006 8:11 pm

The 10 year old could be said to have a "honeyed vanilla" charater. The 12 year old spends some of it's time in sherry casks, so that has more sherry/fruitiness to it.

If you like the 21 year old, and want to stay away from the honeyed vanilla flavor, go with the 12 year old.
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Postby Dubois » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:50 pm

I prefer the 10 years by far...
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Postby ScotchPalate » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:52 pm

Tattie,
Thanks for the link.
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Postby peergynt323 » Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:46 pm

Big 10yo FR fan here. I would choose this one over Aberlour 10 for a daily dram, assuming I drammed daily. :wink:
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Postby Drrich1965 » Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:58 pm

I am a 12 yo fan here; I really find the sherry gives some added balance and complexity, and is not overpowering of the vanilla and malt. That being said. both are good. Anyone know how long the Ten will be easily avaliable for?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:48 pm

All we know is rumor (rumour to many) and conflicting reports, and the fact that it is no longer on the website. I think it's only going to be available in duty-free and the US, but I don't really know any more than anyone else. (Never said I did, either.)
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Postby Drrich1965 » Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:59 pm

MrTattieHeid wrote:but I don't really know any more than anyone else.


I don't buy that for a second :wink:
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:05 am

Well thanks, Rich...I was expecting a slap in the other direction!
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Postby Lawrence » Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:29 am

In an interview on whisky cast a while back the person from Balvenie (I forget who) confirmed that the 10 FR was been discontinued to provide more casks for the 12 DM which is a shame IMHO. I have to presume that what's in the shops now is the remaining inventory.
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Postby ScotchPalate » Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:54 pm

I'm surprised their pulling the 10 FR. I thought it was a popular dram. Oh, well. Out with the old, on with the new. :?
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Postby Wendy » Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:55 pm

I have both bottlings in my cupboard, but I favour the Balvenie 10 FR. I gave my mom and brother-in-law a bottle each for Christmas which pleased them.

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Postby Mustardhead » Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:06 pm

The supermarket shelves are groaning under the weight of the Balvenie stock at the moment ;)

The 10yo is a couple of pounds cheaper than the 12you so I'd better pick up another couple just for old times' sake.
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Postby jimidrammer » Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:37 am

As I've said many times Balvenie is one of my top 5 Speysiders and every one I've tried is worthy of a purchase as they are different enough to explore. I have the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 21 in my cupboard, surprisingly none open at the moment. :oops: I will remedy that soon. :wink: I may not be much help in choosing, but a few positive remarks should be worth something. :? Also they make a 3-50ml bottles gift set if you can get it for $15US that has the 10, 12, & 15.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:52 am

jimidrammer wrote:As I've said many times Balvenie is one of my top 5 Speysiders and every one I've tried is worthy of a purchase as they are different enough to explore. I have the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 21 in my cupboard, surprisingly none open at the moment. :oops: I will remedy that soon. :wink: I may not be much help in choosing, but a few positive remarks should be worth something. :? Also they make a 3-50ml bottles gift set if you can get it for $15US that has the 10, 12, & 15.


One of the current gift sets (selling in stores near me), hasthe 12, 15 and 21yo expressions for about $18. Thinking of picking one up for an upcoming trip..
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