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Balvenie 12 year old Signature

If the name of this expression is supposed to reflect that this has all the signature notes of the Balvenie distillery, then it certainly lives up to the billing.  The nose is honeyed with oranges and sweet maltiness.  The taste has yet more honey sweetness, balanced with spices, some brown sugar, sweet biscuit and a piney note.  The finish starts with the pine note then comes some oak, more honey and some smoke and cayenne pepper, with a slight perfumed heather note right at the end.  Balanced but for me lacks a little something... can you be guilty of being too classic?  Balvenie to a fault almost.

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No