This is The Balvenie Single Barrel 12 year old at 47.8% for my third whisky review.
N: Vanilla and rich honey that is more like honeycomb are immediately present, it’s light and fresh with apple skins and grass as well. It is simple and the malt really shines through but there is depth to the simple vanilla/honey profile.. maybe heather honey? Overall it’s a well done nose that becomes more floral and fruity with time as well.
P: Malt, vanilla, and waxy-honey are the stars once again, orange peel more so than apples this time and a bit of peppery spiciness. Simple again with a nice mouth feel at full strength.
F: A long finish that echoes the nose and taste, malty and sugary but not too sweet, orchard fruits and some pepper once again.
Water: I do not think water is needed for this dram. It has the perfect mouthfeel at full strength.
Overall: This is a simple malt at first glance but the flavours reveal depth and complexity as you spend time with it. Very well crafted. As mentioned in my last review I am liking this simpler style of malt without any finishes or heavy peat more and more and this is one of the better examples I’ve had so far. It’s better than the Doublewood 12 and Triple Cask 12 in my opinion and makes me wish Balvenie would release more ex-bourbon cask only malts. Now it’s time to see if I can still find a sample of the 15 yr Single Barrel somewhere..