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The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:36 pm

Welcome to The Balvenie Live Forum Tasting.

The Whiskies

  • The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Years Old
  • The Balvenie Signature 12 Years Old
  • The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Years Old
  • The Balvenie Portwood 21 Years Old

Date and Time

  • Saturday 29th March 7:00pm GMT

Special guest
David Mair - The Balvenie Global Brand Ambassador

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Start time - 7:00pm GMT

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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:55 pm

Good evening everyone (anyone?), I guess it would be an idea to work through the whiskies in the order above, but feel free to jump in with anything you have. If your tasting notes don't work I will be fixing them as I go.....

David is going to try and connect from a hotel lobby in Lisbon, so I hope to see him here at sometime.

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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:08 pm

Hi Matt - I have made it in! However, hotel lobby pcs are busy all the time, so here I am in downtown Lisbon in an intertnet cafe. However, I can only be on line for an hour at the moment. I will try to rejoin later tonight too.
David :P
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:08 pm

Eight minutes to 12 here on the Pacific. I'm good to go.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:14 pm

Hi Ganga - thanks for joining in. I have to admit I dont have whisky with me here in this net cafe. However, do you have a DoubleWood at hand?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:14 pm

David22 wrote:Hi Matt - I have made it in! However, hotel lobby pcs are busy all the time, so here I am in downtown Lisbon in an intertnet cafe. However, I can only be on line for an hour at the moment. I will try to rejoin later tonight too.
David :P


Hi David, great to see you here! Better get things going then, pouring a Double Wood to start with. Any interesting facts you can give us about it?

Don't wait for me Gange :D
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:15 pm

Good evening all :)
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:16 pm

hi all, Im ready to go, nice to meet up with you, this is my first time.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:17 pm

Pouring the DW into two glasses.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:17 pm

Hi Arkle :)

OK, I'm cracking on, DW to start then... Just the one glass? Or should I wait to see what Ganga's trick is?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:20 pm

DoubleWood has a really rich nose to it and is so incredibly consistent thanks to our Malt Master David Stewart! The richness is quite fruity I think, no doubt coming from the 6/7 month finish in these Oloroso casks.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:20 pm

The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Years Old

The Balvenie
Double Wood 12 Years Old
Sugary oranges, sherry
Smooth and very balanced, sits in the mouth nicely. Sweet honeyed notes..
Spices come through, a bit of pepper
Very drinkable, and tastes older than it is...
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0

12 Years Old
0
40%
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Single Malt
Scotland
None
None
Glencairn
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:21 pm

Hi David. Has Matt dragged you in here from your holidays?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:21 pm

I have the DW in a glencairn glass and a small brandy glass.

Hi Arkle, TS.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:24 pm

No, I am in Portugal on business!
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:26 pm

I think the glass used makes a fair difference to the aroma concentration. If water added, then the smell intensifies into a beautiful toffee sweetness - almost toffee apple. Of course, this aroma intensifies over say a ten minute period, then the smeel lessens - assuming water has been added. If not, then it will take longer to go through the aroma change
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:27 pm

Balvenie Double Wood 12 yo

The Balvenie
DoubleWood 12 years old
Sherry, creme caramel. Sweet apples
Honey, oranges, sherry and I think a wisp of smoke.
Winey then spicey.
I like this. Sweet and warming.
Auburn
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12 Years Old
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Scotland
tiny bit
nope
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:29 pm

I hardly used any water. Just added a wee bit more after those notes and it's not as good now. :headbang:

Matt, where on that wheel would I mark it up for pepper/spicey notes?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:30 pm

DoubleWood from Three Pack

The Balvenie
12 yo Doublewood
citrus over cereals, sweetness, some hints of honey and maybe vanilla
Malty with strong influence of oranges, some spiciness to it
Very nice orangy cinnamony finish.
I really enjoy this whisky, anytime of day.
medium to dark gold
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12 Years Old
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Original Bottling

Single Malt
Speyside
Not now
No
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:32 pm

Yes, it doesn't take much water to loose it...

The pepper actually comes under Wood / New Wood - but I'm not 100% sure that the wheel hasn't fallen off :wink: :?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:34 pm

Good evening,
It took me all afternoon to get a Balvenie 10, so I start with it. Never had it before and I like it already.
DW is waiting.
Where can I find the tasting note sheet?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:36 pm

Whn a splash of water is added the DoubleWood changes to something sweet and toffee like, then after about ten minutes or so, that sweetness begins to fade - drink it quick!
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:36 pm

I'm switching over to the brandy glass now.

You know, there is a reason I really like the DW. In part, I get a slightly different view of it each time. However, its only small details changing so I feel like it is an old friend.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:38 pm

The Balvenie 10 (Founders Reserve) has good honey notes, slight vanilla notes and good allround spicey tang.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:40 pm

DoubleWood from Three Pack

The Balvenie
Doublewood
Bit o' Honey, light oranges, malty sugars
Honey coated cereals, a little bit of nuts, light spices
More of a honey and malt finish here.
Very nice presentation in this glass
medium to dark gold
0

12 Years Old
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Single Malt
Speyside
Not now
No
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:42 pm

Oh yeh, I see it now, thanks Matt. I use the WM colour chart for describing colour, and I know my monitor rocks in terms of displaying colours, but my laptop is a bit, well, meh. What's the chances of WM producing it with the wheel as cover-gifts for their favourite subscribers?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:43 pm

Added a drop of water to the brandy glass.

Nose is spicier, less of the honey.

Palate has more of a toffee feel to it.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:44 pm

Ok, I've moved onto the Signature 12 to see how it compares with the DW 12. And it is very gentle and subtle. Slightly maltier with a very light sweetness. Finish has something I can't describe, but its nice...

Very interesting. :coffee:
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:44 pm

David22 wrote:Whn a splash of water is added the DoubleWood changes to something sweet and toffee like, then after about ten minutes or so, that sweetness begins to fade - drink it quick!


You don't need to encourage me twice with this one. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:47 pm

How does everyone feel with the aftertaste - long lasting? Overall, I agree that the DW smells and tastes older than 12 years.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:47 pm

No Signature 12. :cry: I'll drink water to catch up...from last night.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:49 pm

Evening folks. Sorry I'm late.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:50 pm

I find the finish to be quite long when I have a fresh palate. I really like the lingering spiciness that I get. If the palate is not so fresh, I lose a bit of the long spiciness.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:50 pm

Good afternoon Willie. :D Good to see you here.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:51 pm

David22 wrote:How does everyone feel with the aftertaste - long lasting? Overall, I agree that the DW smells and tastes older than 12 years.


I would say long and lingering, you can just sit back and enjoy it for a while before it gently fades. I always have liked this one.
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