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The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

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
0
40%
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none
None
Glencairn
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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 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
Glencairn
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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
0
47.8%
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none
None
Glencairn
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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 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 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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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:45 pm

Never smelt a dunnage warehouse, but probably... Dry, woody, earthy, with a hint of mould.

How about the 21 Portwood....

Rich port nose, very appealing. Starts off well, but I think the port maybe gets a bit much on the finish. Although theres a nice rich oaky, almost smokey finish. Showing its age compared to the others.

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

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:46 pm

With a few drops of water the single barrel opens up and is quite floral on the finish, I really like this one,it reminds me of an old Glenlivet.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:46 pm

Just poured the PW - fabulous nose. Will keep sniffing this for a wee while.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:49 pm

Just going to start the Prtwood, has a slight whiff of beeswax polish I think
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:50 pm

Welcome back Mr C57.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:00 pm

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The Balvenie
Portwood
Bees Wax,honey,heather
Sweet,salty,a little vegetal,slate blackbords,a hint of parma violet
Long,parma violet increases,hazelnut,pencil sharpenings,faintest hint of burning rubber on death
Wasnt keen to begin with ,but retasting and savouring it has improved.
Deep Gold
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21 Years Old
0
40%
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None
None
Glencairn
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:06 pm

Just gone back to the 15 after it has been standing a while, almost acetone, but more ripe pears, drys at the top/back of the mouth with no bitterness. Still cheesey in a good way.

The Portwood seems to lack the interest the others have. Just a port finished speyside... a good one, but maybe nothing new.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:06 pm

I agree Willie, it tends to be over sweet with the water
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:08 pm

Balvenie 21 yo Portwood

The Balvenie
21 yo Portwood
Play-doh, sugared almonds, lavender, very fragrant. Again much bolder than the first two.
Oak, creamy toffee, spice, sweet wine. Port is there throughout.
Sweeter and smoother finish than the others. Chocolate, toffee, vanilla and slightly nutty. Something right at the end that I can't identify.
Could play about with this for a bit longer, I feel there should be something else there. Maybe there just isn't.
Auburn
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21 Years Old
0
40%
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Single Malt
Scotland
very tiny drop
nope
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:12 pm

I agree Treacle, Ive just re tasted the PW and it has a faint taste of Elastoplast strapping, I think thats the port, it goes pretty quickly
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:12 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Oh, I see, the BBCode is off. Matt is there a way to turn it on?

Under the posting box there are Options, one of them is Disable BBCode.... the posting gremlins don't like you tonight :insane:

Also added a Poll for your favourite of the night, you can vote on the usual forum not the live tasting one.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:17 pm

Just revisited the Signature, pronounced raisins on nose and palate now......
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:17 pm

Very strange.....

Bottle No 65
Cask 8242
In Cask 17/05/1990
In Bottle 08/02/2008
Age 15 Years ??

Should be 17, and it can't have any 15 added to it...
Hopefully David will be back to let us know what this is all about
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:20 pm

Aargh.... son has just knocked over Single Barrel, Im going to have to lick it up! :shock:
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:23 pm

arkle wrote:Aargh.... son has just knocked over Single Barrel, Im going to have to lick it up! :shock:

Maybe you should give him smaller drams, then he wouldn't be staggering about ;)
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:26 pm

Re visiting PW in light of 'strawberries' do strawberries and beeswax have the same chemical makeup?, Im disappointed I dont detect them, only beeswax. Are there any chemists here who could enlighten?
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:27 pm

It was the glass, itys all over the computer, I hope I dont get electrocuted!
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:32 pm

Hey there, guys.

Finally made it here after an afternoon of errands. It's 5:15 pm here...

Only have the Double Wood and the 21 yo Port Wood. Should be able to catch up soon...
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:36 pm

Hi SM, it will be good to see what you say about them, each time I revisit one in the light of others comments I find a different flavour.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:39 pm

A bit of water does help the Portwood a bit, but keep going back to the 15 SB (or should I say 17 SB)
I'm off for a little break, be back later .....
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:45 pm

Balvenie Double Wood

Nose: Thought I got a lot of cereal at the beginning (fresh bottle) but I couldn't find it to the same extent afterwards. Ton of honey and fruit now. Reminds me of an HP and when the sherry kicks in, it reinforces that impression. (Late flash: got the cereal again when the glass was nearly empty.)

Palate: Very light, dances on your tongue. Nice blast of initial sweetness but again, it's very light. Finding more fruit and a bit of citrus.

Finish: Good lingering finish. A bit drying/bitter but again, it's very light-footed.

The sweetness is the best part of this dram IMHO. Very accessible but wish it had a bit more oomph.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:47 pm

Had unexpected visitors, couldn't use internet.
Started with FR 10, first time, beautiful... This malt has everything, it's floral round with honey, some wood to make it sweet and just a very full malt smell. Not necessary to taste, nose is satifying.
Ms. Mazunga allows me to buy three more.
Remarkeble because she also didn't get mad when I bought a Bruichladdich 10(last one of the shelf) together with the FR10 I'm having now. As a matter a fact, she can still smile:
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby TheTross » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:50 pm

Apologies for being late, just got in from a long day watching Rangers v Celtic and then Man U v Villa on TV with a couple of mates.

My first and last tasting I'm afraid, am too tired to go on for any longer :(

[B]Balvenie 15, 1988/2003, OB, 47.8%, Cask #3970[/B]

Nose: Very fruity; melon, pear, kiwi, under-ripe banana, citrus and avocado stand out. Brioche. Woody notes and very faint smoke. Faint bourbon character and a smattering of mint (spearmint?). A touch earthy. A little wood polish? Sweet - perhaps a little caramel. Curious hints of blue cheese?

Palate: Immediately quite woody - possibly even a little sappy - but also very fruity again (melon and citrus, amongst quite a few others). Minty too, and some polish again.

Finish: Fruity and minty.

Comment: The nose is excellent - like nosing a fruit bowl - but the palate is weaker. Not a favourite Balvenie of mine, but still very good.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:50 pm

[quote="Collector57"][quote="arkle"]Hi SM, it will be good to see what you say about them, each time I revisit one in the light of others comments I find a different flavour.[/quote]
Yes it's more complex than you first think isn't it?[/quote]

Do you find it comes out with water? I was planning on revisiting my two whiskies with a bit of water in Round 2...
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:52 pm

Just re visited Single Barrel, can detect the blue cheese on nose and palate now, I suspect its because of the others I have sampled.
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:59 pm

Have fun at WOW, Mikey. Looking forward to your notes!
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby arkle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:00 pm

Having to leave you now, may make it back later, the one thing I know for sure is that the more i taste them, the more confused I get as to which I prefer!
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Re: The Balvenie - 29 March 2008 @ 7pm GMT

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:09 pm

Balvenie 21 yo Port Wood

Nose: Much tougher to bring out the nose. A hint of sweetness but that's about it. Can't really place it. A bit of heat as well. I've had a much more prominent nose in other tastings of this bottle...

Palate: Wonderful dram. It just fills your mouth with this very well balanced silkiness and sweetness that's very appealing. Fuller than the DW but I don't know that I'd attribute it to the port finish. Not heavy in any sense. Could drink this all day. Can't say that I get much port character in this whisky tho. I think it's a more of a hint/suggestion than something heavy-handed.

Finish: Long long finish but quite drying. Definitely bitter in a good way. Not over the top, but you know you've had a good single malt.
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