I missed batch #1 so I can't compare, but here goes...
Name: Balvenie Signature Twelve Batch #2, 43% abv
Nose: Apples in a bushel basket, green leaves and twigs, hint of roses, light orange zest, candle wax, sugared almonds, tree bark
Palate: Glazed cinnamon rolls (sugar, cinnamon, pecans, and the dough are all there), strong oaky middle, apple cider, black pepper note
Body: A juicy, chewy texture
Finish: Gently fades with all components in tact
Notes: A greatly balanced Balvenie with the characteristic house style. This is really a significant notch above the Double Wood 12yo and a viable replacement for the Founder's Reserve. Instead of an age statement with a batch # I might've rather seen a vintage of slightly varying ages.
With a splash of water: floral forward aroma; taste is a caramel custard flan dessert.
A worthy Balvenie at a reasonable price point. Seek this out if you can.