Re: Balvenie Rum Cask, and Balvenie Signature 12
I read the "Balvenie Live Tastings" thread, and it seems folks were mixed on the Balvenie Signature.
I picked up a bottle last night to give it a try, as Balvenie is a regular dram for me.
I found it to have a very subtle nose, light peat, honey, and cereal/malt, but very subtle. Tasting I found it med/light body, sweet, some heat/pepper, oaky or woody, little malt or cereal, with a warm sweetish finish. I think it was more of a sugar, than a honey sweetness also, and I like the sweetness in the Founders, and Doublewood better. An okay dram, but it didn't really did not move me.
Further, I also picked up a little bit of a strange after-taste that I never got from the other Balvenies-- something a little chemical. I remember this taste occasionally in Edradour 10. I don't know if it was just from the oak, but I never picked it up in other Balvenies that I regularly drink.
All in all, I definitely prefer the Founders, Doublewood, and Portwood, and probably would not buy the Signature again.