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The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

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

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:52 pm

Thanks Ganga. Just trying to catch up with what's been going on. I have poured DW and Signature for comparison.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby mikeymad » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:54 pm

I'm here, I'm here...

I a little bit of recovery mode this morning (noonish)(out here on the left coast of the US)....

I will be joining in soon with the three different casks of 15 SB...

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

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:56 pm

First thing I notice is that the Sig has a cleaner nose than the DW, but this bottling of DW is about 3 years old so not the same as everyone else's I guess. It has an air of struck matches about it that I had never noticed with other bottles (I just opened this one).
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:56 pm

Balvenie 12 yo Signature

The Balvenie
Batch 001
Rich and malty. Honey and cream, lovely and more complex than I expected.
Very smooth, malty vanilla, brown bread. Then dried fruit, cinnamon, a little bit floral and sherry. Tiny whisp of smoke.
Long. Gingery spice.
Very lovely. Some christmas spices and a little sherry. I like the DW and I think this one is not as sweet but more interesting.
Tawny
0

12 Years Old
0
40%
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Single Malt
Scotland
a bit
nope
Glencairn
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:01 pm

Wow the signature has a wonderful finish. One of those that has you chewing for minutes. Yum.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:01 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

It happens Nick. Keep trying.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:03 pm

Everyone, I am going to have to bow out for a spell. I will be back later on when the crowds desperse from my hotel lobby pcs! Sorry to depart at such a great time.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:05 pm

Not sure what you've done there :? :D

Its great to get an idea of what the sherry casks add when comapred to the Signature.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:05 pm

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

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:06 pm

Look forward to seeing you soon David when you can fight off the crowds...
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:07 pm

See you again David - I bet it's just your turn in the hotel pool! See you soon C57.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:08 pm

Thanks for the input David. Look forward to seeing what you have to say about the 15 and 21.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:08 pm

Arkle - it's a bit odd first time you join a tasting, isn't it? What do you think of the DW?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:11 pm

Poll? What kind of budget do you think I am on?! 8)
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby David22 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:12 pm

spelling error! Pool!
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:14 pm

Anyone ready to move onto the 15?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:15 pm

Next one :D

Single Barrel 15 Years Old - Cask 8242
Wow, this is very different again - big bold flavours - blue cheese / stilton on the finish !!! It's strange but I like it.

Ha, beat me Gange :P
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:20 pm

Yes this is big after the other two. Much bolder and more alcohol on the nose.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:21 pm

Oh, that's cos it's stronger. :oops:
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:22 pm

[TASTINGNOTE2=DW 12]Td_ABV=40Td_Age=12Td_BottleNotes=-Td_Bottler=BalvenieTd_Brand=The BalvenieTd_Expression=DoublewoodTd_NoteID=0Td_Region=SpeysideTd_Type=Single MaltTd_Vintage=0Tf_Cereal=2Tf_Feinty=3Tf_Floral=1Tf_Fruity=4Tf_Peaty=1Tf_Sulphury=3Tf_Winey=1Tf_Woody=3Tg_Glass=GlencairnTg_Ice=NoneTg_Water=noTm_MemberID=0Tm_MemberName=NoneTm_PostedDate=0Tn_Colour=Deep AmberTn_Comments=Typical that the bottle I choose tonight is bit dodgy. Shame as I am a fan of this dram normally and its not doing it for me tonight.Tn_Finish=Nevertheless the finish is excellent. Rich and spicy. The wood comes through here.Tn_Nose=Initial struck match is fading in the glass. Newly opened bottle too so it will settle a bit I guess. Definite citrus with honey. Very nice indeed.Tn_Palate=Lots of spice. Orangey, but just getting a hint of the dreaded sulphur with this bottle. Pity, its the first time Ive seen that in a Balvenie.Tn_Score=0[/TASTINGNOTE2]
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:23 pm

Aargh! the tasting notes are playing up.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:23 pm

But even watered down to 40% it is much bigger. Dare I say, it's like the Glenivet 12 and Nadurra / Signature and SB. Do you get any of the blue cheese or is that just me?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:24 pm

Hope Ive done it right this time.


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The Balvenie
Signature
Floral,earthy
earthy,ginger,almond
long.bitter almond,dark chocolate
much less sweet than Double Wood
Amber
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12 Years Old
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40%
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none
None
Glencairn
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:30 pm

15 SB from Three Pack

The Balvenie
15 yo Single Barrel
Vanilla, malt, wee bit estery, just a hint of lemon
Oaky, strong vanillas, hard cheese (Jack?), light citrus, maybe some mild cocoanut
Not as long as DW, mingled spices.
Nice change of pace.
Gold
65

15 Years Old
0
47.8%
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 9:31 pm

Ganga, does it say which cask it is from ?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:32 pm

Drop of water brings the spices right to the fore. Definitive vanilla with cocoanut.

Palate is mellowed but the finish becomes more spicy.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:32 pm

Arkle, interesting note Earthy, but I think I know what you mean. Couldn't quite put my finger on it!
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:33 pm

Balvenie Single Barrel 15 yo

The Balvenie
Single Barrel 15yo cask 8949
Licorice, sweet vanilla, marshmallows, grass. A stronger nose than the previous ones, and much stronger alcohol hits my nose.
Vanilla, malty, oats, marmalade, sharp fruits and sweetness, and then something very savoury. Yes, cheese is in there!
Spicy, peppery heading towards firey. With water, it's peppery but a touch floral too.
More depth than the other two, my favourite so far. I got that blue cheese first time, but lost it with water
Pale gold
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15 Years Old
0
47.8%
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Single Malt
Scotland
yes
nope
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:36 pm

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The Balvenie
Single Barrel
Dried fruits,vanilla,christmas cake,fudge
sweet,honey,faint citrus,almond
bitter almond,vanilla fudge,dark chocolate on the end
much prefer this to signature,more body/complexity
pale Gold
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15 Years Old
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47.8%
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none
None
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This feels more complex, I may just try it with a few drops of water to see what happens

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blue cheese
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Revisited, and has definate blue cheese on palate,after tasting some of the others
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0 Years Old
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:36 pm

Right here the signature then:

Nose: Bright clean and orangey. Less complex than the DW and less of the honey too, but is very malty, fruity and refreshing.

Palate: Wow this dram is really citrussy. But that is beautifully balanced with the malt and honey.

Finish: I love this finish. It's like Mead. The honey comes through really strongly and envelopes your tongue and then just goes on forever. Mmmmm...

This is much more like it. I'm very impressed with this dram. Just what I expect to see in a Balvenie.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:37 pm

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

Postby mikeymad » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:37 pm

Pouring new bottle:

Bal 15yo - Cask 2775 - bottle 262
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:37 pm

Matt, bit like a dunnage warehouse type earthy.?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:41 pm

Ok almost caught up with you now. Pouring the 15.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:43 pm

Yes Arkle, I much prefer this one too. For me the Signature is a bit better than the DW, but the 15 is loads better than either of the 12s.
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