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Brands and Distilleries : The Balvenie

Issue 122 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 122

Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant

 

The Balvenie

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The Balvenie 10 Years Old, Founder's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 The most honeyish of Speyside malts?

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The Balvenie 12 Years Old, Double Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
9 Yet richer, and fruitier.

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The Balvenie 12 Years Old, Double Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Delicious.

The Balvenie 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40%
8 A very interesting whisky, but the distillery character is better served with a dash of sherry.

The Balvenie 15 Years Old Single Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40%
8 Certainly robust. Perhaps a little harsh?

The Balvenie 17 Years Old Peated
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.90%
8 A well balanced and rich whisky. Perfect after dinner dram with a piece of dark chocolate.

The Balvenie 17 Years Old Rum Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Poised and balanced.

The Balvenie 17 Years Old Sherry Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Good but the oak has leaned a little too heavily on the expressiveness of the whisky.

The Balvenie 17 Years Old, New Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Attractive in the glass, with a pleasant nose, rich in dessert notes, but is let down by a slight astringency in the palate.

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The Balvenie 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.80%
8 Tasting from the cask resulted in slightly different descriptors whereas these notes were based on a sample sent to Whisky Magazine.

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The Balvenie 1970 Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.60%
9 Extraordinarily distinctive. All the characteristics I expect in Balvenie, but I have never experienced them in such a concentrated intensity.

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The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40%
9 The ultimate dessert dram. Beautifully composed.

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The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.30%
8 This oozes class and, for me, is streets ahead of everything else in this group.

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The Balvenie 21 Years Old PortWood
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.60%
9 The full, honeyed, richness of the malt combines beautifully with what seems to be a generous kiss of port.

The Balvenie 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90%
8 A very sophisticated malt. Beautifully combined flavours.

The Balvenie 25 Years Old, Single Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90%
8 Seemed a little lighter all round than I remember.

The Balvenie 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.30%
8 This expression wears its years well.

The Balvenie Double Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
A class act and a finish which works.

The Balvenie Doublewood 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Some intriguing spice and fruit here, with a backbone of oak.

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The Balvenie Golden Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.50%
8 Balanced, integrated and complex.

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The Balvenie Islay Cask, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Reminiscent of the days when Speysiders were peatier.

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The Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Rich and complex. Superbly balanced and elegant. To enjoy with Beethoven's 7th Symphony.

The Balvenie PortWood 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Not the depth of the PortWood 21 Years Old, but thoroughly enjoyable.

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The Balvenie PortWood 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Bring on the petits-fours.

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The Balvenie PortWood 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 This expression beautifully highlights the qualities of The Balvenie as a whisky that is full of rich flavours yet gentler and less robust than, for example, Glenfarclas or The Macallan.

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The Balvenie Roasted malt Aged 14 Years
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.10%
8 Give this time and you'll find a delicious dram.

The Balvenie Rum Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.10%
7 A disappointment after the class of the 1972.

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The Balvenie Rumwood 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.10%
8 A rich whisky which has taken some exotic and sensuous notes from the rum. Stiffens up on the finish.

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The Balvenie Signature
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Best neat and further proof of Balvenie's premier league status.

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 An oaky character. Aromatic but a bit dour, especially on the palate.

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Wood speaks up. In an elegant way though.

The Balvenie Tun 401 Batch Two
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60%
8 A drop of water really brings this whisky together.

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The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
9 A beautifully balanced classic Speyside whisky.

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David Stewart, The Balvenie malt master, has released a new limited edition from The Balvenie Distillery, a 17 Years Old single malt finished in Madeira casks. Matured in traditional oak and finished...

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First Class
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The VIP tour of Balvenie is quite arguably the best Scotland has to offer. Our man indulged himself.

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Chart Position

Latest
21
Best
13
Average
17

Bottle Price

Average
£187
Highest
£12,000

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Balvenie 10 Year Old Founders Reserve
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£140.00
Balvenie 10 Years Old Founder's Reserve 750ml 10
Lions Whisky
£185.00
Balvenie 12 Year Old Classic Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£999.00
Balvenie 12 Year Old Classic Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£1,100.00
Balvenie 12 Year Old Double Wood Small Bottle
The Whisky Exchange
£14.95
Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood
The Whisky Exchange
£32.95
Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£32.95
Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood 20cl
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£15.50
Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood Miniature
The Whisky Exchange
£3.95
Balvenie 12 Year Old Signature
The Whisky Exchange
£39.95
Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£44.50
Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill
The Whisky Exchange
£44.25
Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill
Master of Malt
£43.81
Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£4.68
Balvenie 12 Years Old Double Wood
Whisky Shop Dufftown
£36.95
Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
Master of Malt
£41.53
Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£42.95
Balvenie 14 Year Old Golden Cask Rum Finish
The Whisky Exchange
£69.95
Balvenie 14 Years Old Caribbean Cask
Whisky Shop Dufftown
£47.95
Balvenie 14yo Roasted Malt 14
Lions Whisky
£120.00
Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel
The Whisky Exchange
£69.95
Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
Master of Malt
£77.17
Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£77.95
Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£6.70
Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Sherry Cask #16300
Abbey Whisky
£84.95
Balvenie 15 Years Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
Whisky Shop Dufftown
£81.95
Balvenie 17 Year Old Doublewood
The Whisky Exchange
£72.95
Balvenie 17yo Madeira Cask 17
Lions Whisky
£160.00
Balvenie 18 Year Old Classic Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Balvenie 18 Year Old Classic Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Balvenie 1966 32 Year Old Cask #4288
The Whisky Exchange
£2,250.00
Balvenie 1966 Cask #6434
The Whisky Exchange
£2,250.00
Balvenie 1968 32 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£2,500.00
Balvenie 1970 30 Year Old Cask #12524
The Whisky Exchange
£1,500.00
Balvenie 1970 30 Year Old Cask #12524
The Whisky Exchange
£1,500.00
Balvenie 1971 Bot.2005 Cask #8919
The Whisky Exchange
£1,250.00
Balvenie 1973 Bot.2004
The Whisky Exchange
£1,250.00
Balvenie 1974 15 Years Old 57.1% 15 1974
Lions Whisky
£345.00
Balvenie 1974 15 Years Old B 1990 Sailing Ships Signatory 15 1974
Lions Whisky
£480.00
Balvenie 1974 15 Years Old Signatory 15 1974
Lions Whisky
£360.00
Balvenie 1975 10 Year Old Robert Watson
The Whisky Exchange
£599.00
Balvenie 1975 57.5% B1985 Robert Watson 1975
Lions Whisky
£525.00
Balvenie 1981 15yo 15 1981
Lions Whisky
£170.00
Balvenie 1982 15 Years Old B 1998 Cask 129 50.4% 15 1982
Lions Whisky
£135.00
Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood
The Whisky Exchange
£126.00
Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£118.99
Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood Finish First Release
The Whisky Exchange
£175.00
Balvenie 21 Year Old Portwood Finish
Master of Malt
£114.95
Balvenie 21 Year Old Portwood Finish 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£7.27
Balvenie 21 Years Old Port Wood
Whisky Shop Dufftown
£128.95
Balvenie 25 Year Old Triple Cask
The Whisky Barrel
£499.99
Balvenie 30 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£599.00
Balvenie 30 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£488.00
Balvenie 30 Year Old
The Drink Shop
£487.50
Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release
Master of Malt
£465.67
Balvenie 30 Years Old
Whisky Shop Dufftown
£510.00
Balvenie 6 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Balvenie 6yo Specially For Ladies 6
Lions Whisky
£325.00
Balvenie 8 Year Old Bot.1970s
The Whisky Exchange
£250.00
Balvenie 8 Year Old Bot.1970s
The Whisky Exchange
£350.00
Balvenie 8 Years Old 70°proof 8
Lions Whisky
£275.00
Balvenie Classic
Lions Whisky
£255.00
Balvenie Classic Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£350.00
Balvenie Classic Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£325.00
Balvenie Doublewood 12 & 17 Year Old, Caribbean 14 Year Old 3x5cl
The Whisky Exchange
£16.95
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old
Master of Malt
£32.28
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old
The Drink Shop
£37.21
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£3.98
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old 5cl Miniature
The Drink Shop
£3.77
Balvenie Doublewood 17 Year Old
Master of Malt
£69.78
Balvenie Doublewood 17 Year Old 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£6.24
Balvenie Founder's Reserve
Lions Whisky
£220.00
Balvenie Founder's Reserve Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£235.00
Balvenie Founder's Reserve Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£250.00
Balvenie Founders Reserve Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£225.00
Balvenie Glenlivet As We Get It Bot.1970s
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Balvenie Miniature Tasting Collection
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£16.50
Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£4.14
Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£5.07
Balvenie The 12 Ans Double Wood
La Maison du Whisky
£42.00
Balvenie The 12 Ans Single Barrel First Fill
La Maison du Whisky
£69.00
Balvenie The 14 Ans Carribean Cask
La Maison du Whisky
£64.00
Balvenie The 21 Ans Portwood
La Maison du Whisky
£178.00
Balvenie The 30 Ans
La Maison du Whisky
£698.00
Balvenie Thirty 30yo 30
Lions Whisky
£435.00
Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 3
The Whisky Exchange
£999.00
Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5
The Whisky Barrel
£799.99
Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£425.00
Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8
WhiskyOnline-Shop.com
£395.00
Balvenie Tun Batch 8
The Whisky Barrel
£499.99
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