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The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

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

Postby woodhill » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:32 am

G'night David

Join us again soon.

Thanks for your time!
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:41 am

PW21: oldest malt I ever had, most expensive bottle I ever paid for myself, first port finished whisky... this better be good...
Definiently an older whisky than what I'm used to. If it wasn't writtin on the bottle I wouldn't figure it out myself maybe, but I notice port.
I'm nosing this dram for a while now, soft on the nose, all B's are but this one the most. I wouldn't recognise this as a whisky in blind tasting.

I have no idea how to describe what I'm tasting now... first sip was a bit rough. Describing whisky is difficult anyway but this one is undescribeble. :headbang:

Nice to compare this one with the DW12: the oloroso puts a layer over the whisky like the portwood does, nice to notice the differences. Remember I only had bourbon and sherry casks sofar.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:53 am

Seems like I missed out on a great tasting. My mother just arrived today so we were busy entertaining and just remembered this now. I didn't get the samples yet either, but when I do I'll be sure to taste them and post.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby captbunzo » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:53 am

Good evening gentlemen,

I am calling in a bit late here as I've just gotten back from my evening events. I have before me to try a Balvenie DoubleWood 12 YO. This is only my 3rd whisky since I have really began the process of appreciating the stuff. Anyhow, here are my thoughts.

First impressions of the nose include the banana that Ganga identified a couple posts back. Quite pleasant indeed. First sip I would describe as quite nice, very smooth. Quite spicy.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:57 am

DiBlasi,
It's not too late to start tasting.
No samples, but what do you have?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby captbunzo » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:20 am

For my full tasting note now... And btw, I really like this one. Very very nice. I especially love the peppery resonance that it leaves on my toungue. Yumm! :)

The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Years Old

The Balvenie
DoubleWood
bananans, hint of vanilla and then apples after longer
very nice. strong pepper with a bit of nutmeg and/or cinnamin.
exquisite. lingers for quite a while, nice resonence of pepper on the tongue, changes over time
very nice. favourite yet.
Medium Gold
0

12 Years Old
0
43%
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Single Malt
Speyside
None
None
Glencairn
lovely, very nice and much appreciated

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

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:21 am

Jonathan, glad you came. Have you a dram?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:24 am

Interesting note Paul. How do you rate the DW against the HP?

Oh and welcome btw.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:46 am

Ganga rates the DW12 not so woody, Paul rates the woodiness maximum, I wouldn't go that far. Would rate it 4 out of 5 myself.
Who agrees with Ganga and why?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:00 am

I suppose the problem is that we all interpret flavours in different ways. There's no right and wrong about this, we are using language to describe a sensation and that is entirely subjective.

If Ganga and Paul find it more or less woody then that can simply be that they do not have a common understanding of what 'woody' is. Alternatively it can be that they do not have the same batch of DW and they are simply different. It's impossible to be sure.

Sorry, that's not much help is it?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby woodhill » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:10 am

Nobody has voted for the Signature?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:16 am

I guess you are right.
Tomorrow I'll ask Ganga if he can give me some examples of woodtastes in whiskies.
Paul is like me an inexperienced taster, Ganga has had some more whiskies I think. He is maybe more used to older bottlings that tend to be more woody.

What about you Willy, how woody is the DW? Compared to the other ones?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:37 am

Two things here:

Firstly:
J the trouble with polls is they pick winners. I liked the signature. I thought it was a good clean dram and would have no trouble buying it. I just prefer cask strength whisky is all.

Secondly:
Ras, there are devices to help us speak the same language in all walks of life. Fortunately whisky is no different. Whisky magazine have developed their tasting wheel which is extremely useful (but no less subjective than anyone else's approach). If we use it, or at least understand it, it is easier to understand where others are coming from even if we may not entirely agree with its construction.

Anyway its worth a look at:

http://www.whiskymag.com/gfx/nosing/Whiskywheel-Big.jpg

As to my own feelings on the DW, I reckon that the wood influence is starting to make itself felt, but it is far from dominant. I guess I would rate it about 3.

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

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:53 am

The wheel is helping me already some time.
As I'm tasting along I'm callibrating my wood senses. :roll:

Rating the DW12 4/5 wood is too high indeed. The PW would deserve that, SB15 just under that.
I understand now that 2/5 wood is a very reasonable rating.
Interesting.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby blawder » Sun Mar 30, 2008 3:35 am

I'm drinking a 12 DW, which is generally delicious, but I'm getting a little astringent character which I suspect is the sherry.

Sometimes I find sherry finishes smooth/amazing... sometimes I find them rapacious... Are Jim Murray's comments in his latest Whisky Bible accurate about foul sherries out there?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:44 pm

Something came up and I couldn't make this after all. :(

I'll try them out at some point this week and post up some notes too, and read through the whole thread...
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TheTross » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:50 pm

Am annoyed that I only managed to do a quick one-off tasting last night, but I got home later than anticipated and was absolutely shattered. I was really looking forward to this as well :(. Oh well, will post up a few more tasting notes as and when I can over the next couple of days.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby woodhill » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:59 pm

This being the first (afaik) online tasting to be held on Sat. night as opposed to Fri. night, how did the response vary? Was it more or less popular and busy?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:40 pm

Butephoto and The Tross, you were being missed. Hope that you show up next time.

Balvenie (re)tasting tonight? Anyone?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TheTross » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:11 pm

[quote="woodhill"]This being the first (afaik) online tasting to be held on Sat. night as opposed to Fri. night, how did the response vary? Was it more or less popular and busy?[/quote]

As it turns out, I wouldn't have made it on either night thanks to an unusually busy weekend. Looking at the amount of posts though I'd say it was quite popular, on a par with the Highland Park tasting we had last month if I remember, but still being new to these tastings I honestly can't tell how it compared to ones before that.

As for a re-tasting tonight Ras Mazunga, I'm afraid that's a no-go for me as I'm working nights, but I'll get a tasting or two posted tomorrow morning sometime before I go to bed.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:20 pm

Ras Mazunga wrote:Butephoto and The Tross, you were being missed. Hope that you show up next time.

Balvenie (re)tasting tonight? Anyone?


I could make a couple of tastings tonight, yes. I think I'll do that. Make a weekend thread of it...

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

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:20 pm

I better get back to the start and get reading...
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:33 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Jonathan, glad you came. Have you a dram?


Thanks Willie, sorry I didn't stick around. After the excitement of having the family visit, and it got late, we hit the sack. And I don't have any Balvenie sadly, but look forward to tasting them when the delivery arrives.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby blawder » Sun Mar 30, 2008 3:51 pm

butephoto wrote:
Ras Mazunga wrote:Butephoto and The Tross, you were being missed. Hope that you show up next time.

Balvenie (re)tasting tonight? Anyone?


I could make a couple of tastings tonight, yes. I think I'll do that. Make a weekend thread of it...

:D


Yes! Let's keep this alive for one more night. I will be back to the house about 9pm EST. Is that going to work for others interested in Balvenie tonight?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:38 pm

I'll be there.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby blawder » Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:28 pm

:iwbrnt: <--- what does IWBRNT stand for?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby woodhill » Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:32 pm

It Would Be Rude Not To
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:40 pm

24 hours late, but I've just poured a DW.

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

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:52 pm

Balvenie Double Wood 12

The Balvenie
DW 12
Sweet, honey with floral undertones.
Honey, brandy snaps, white wine. Golden Grahams/honeyed cereal. Also a little nutty.
Long, warming and delicious. Light spice. Molasses.
Delicious!
Deep copper.
90

12 Years Old
0
40%
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Single Malt
Speyside
-
None
Glencairn
-

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

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:03 pm

Hmm, is there a way to add your name to it instead of 'none' so that you can find your notes again?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:05 pm

Ganga wrote:Where'd it go? I tried to respond before.

The miniatures, at least here in CA, do not state either the cask number or the bottle number. Instead, the word "Numbers" is stenciled in red.



My 15yo appears to be unmarked also.

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

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:18 pm

Didn't refresh my page...
You started already. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:34 pm

I'm sitting here trying to do a little bit of work but I have all these miniatures and sample bottles sitting on top of my scanner beside me. I don't rate my chances of getting much work done.

Just poured the Sig 12.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:35 pm

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The Balvenie
12 dw
Oloroso, with fresh wood underneath. Cream with wax/polish.Soft on the nose.
Taste like the colour. Sweet nutty and round in the mouth. Jasmin tea?
Long, like a dessert. Nut and chocolate stay in my mouth
Like it better than before, found the malt overwhelmed by the oloroso, but not anymore.
chestnut/oloroso
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12 Years Old
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43%
dist

Single Malt
Speyside
drops
None
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:48 pm

The Balvenie Signature 12yo Batch 1

The Balvenie
Signature 12yo Batch 1
Citrus. Orange. Hint of wood.
Sharp citrus. Tart. then honey and cereals.
Citrus then honey. Long-lasting.
Perhaps a little too citrusy for my tastes, but a lovely dram nonetheless.
Light amber/copper.
85

12 Years Old
0
40%
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Single Malt
Speyside
Nope
None
Glencairn
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