irishwhiskeychaser wrote:I had heard alot about Balvenie and people recomended this as a good easy drinking whisky. My problem is that I barely reckonise this as a whisky as it is too smooth and creamy and any bit of kick seems to be totally smothered. Therefore rendering it as near to boring sa I have come across.
Am I missing something here... I have tried the Auchentoshan 3 wood also which in my opinion has a far superior taste. Just because a whisky is easy drinking should not mean it is deviod of taste and charachter.
Anybody agree or disagree ?????
I think it depends on your baseline for "character". I suspect some people think that unless something comes through loud and clear, it doesn't speak to them. And I need to admit that extreme subtle doesn't do it for me at this stage of my journey.
Re: Balvenie, the expressions that I've liked best are the finishes (Doublewood and Portwood) and I felt the same way about the Bushmills malts I've tried. How you feel about the Balvenie 12, I feel about the 10. I find the 12 having alot of flavour - not aggressive mind you, but significant.
I agree that whisky should not be "devoid of taste and character". I also think that's subjective. For example, I think the DW has more than enough taste and character to justify it's $60 price tag at the LCBO. I don't say that about many whiskies...
Not only do I like this whisky, I would have no quams recommending it to anyone - novice or hardened enthusiest alike. It's interesting that this whisky didn't do it for you. It did win the Malt Maniac's award for "best well-priced, easiest-to-get malt" or some such, so someone likes it.
On the other hand, you woudn't be the first whisky fan to wonder what all the fuss about a highly touted whisky is about. I've been wondering about the hubbub surrounding Bunnahabhain for some time. And although I see why people would like Black Bush, I regard it the same way you seem to find DW - smooth, creamy, booring. I can't figure out why people wouldn't go for Redbreast 12, or Jamison 12 at the same price!
BTW, I can see why Auchantoshan 3 Wood could be considered as having superior taste. I like it - miles above the 10yr IMO. Not so sure about its price tag though...