I went to buy my first bottle of Highland Park 12 but the state run liquor store in Washington St. did not carry HP 12, I was a little disappointed.
They did have a lovely bottle of Balvenie 12 Double Wood (also on my list) so I picked that up. It looks great, pretty color (kinda honeyish), also liked the shape of the bottle and label.
I just heated a glass and poured myself about an ounce.
The nose is wonderful...I just sat and smelled it for a few minutes and enjoyed it. Very mellow... as I sip it -- the nose is sweetish, a little vanilla, and a little citrus or orangey ( this is my first tasting of S. M. Scotch).
The taste to me is Medium Sweet, Vanilla, Citrus, Sherry, and spicey, and very smooth ( that's the best I can make out having little experience). The finish is warm, and a little vanilla or sweet. Nice smooth long finish.
I almost like the Nose the best, but it does taste very good, and finishes nice (warm and sweet) .
I just tried a little with a teaspoon of water, and don't care for it as much.... I really like the flavor straight/neat--I think it taste much better without water!
I just poured my second dram, feeling nice and warm..... I better have some dinner and finish after dinner.
Very pleasant drink-- Really has a long sweet finish to it too!
What do you guys think of the Balvenie DW?
If anyone has any other advice for tasting/drinking please holler.
Thanks for your time everyone,
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on Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:12 am, edited 1 time in total.