Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML
Distiller: The Balvenie Distillery
Sometimes you can happen upon some of your favorite things if you just keep your eyes open and accept suggestions. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I had never even heard of the Balvenie six months ago.
I was out with my wife (fiancee at the time) and her parents for the tasting for our wedding reception. The maitre d’ was taking our drink orders, and I went with one of my go-to’s; Jameson. Most bars/restaurants have it, the servers rarely confuse it with something else, and it’s genuinely a drink that I enjoy. Being a good server, after the first drink, he had a recommendation. He asked if I had ever had the Balvenie, to which I replied no. He brought it out to me, and after my first taste, I asked him to repeat the name of the Scotch. A few weeks later, I went out and bought my bottle.
The nose on this Scotch is heavenly. It’s oaky, fruity, and florally all at once.
The only thing better than the nose of this whisky is the taste. The oakiness comes out subtly, overshadowed by the beautiful taste of sherry. The namesake “DoubleWood” is for its aging process; the majority of the time in traditional oak casks and a few months in sherry oak casks. Hints of honey and leather come out as well.
The finish is warming, with touches of fruit and honey.
Rating & Recommendations
The Balvenie DoubleWood is an excellently aged Scotch, earning a rating of 86 out of 100.
All in all, this whisky is very well balanced, and a great value for its humble price tag. If you haven’t been introduced to the Balvenie family of Scotches, I suggest you run over to your local spirits store.