I've also had a few balls of the 15 in the past, and my conclusion is that this is a great distillery.
What are the other expressions like?
Aidan wrote:... and my conclusion is that this is a great distillery.
Yes, Aidan, it is! All of their range, as far as I have had a chance to taste them, is way above average IMHO. The 15 is my favourite, especially due to its pineapple-peach-vanilla-honey-fruity-juicy-oaky-younameit aromas. The Founder's Reserve comes next in my very subjective ranking. The Doublewood 12 is close by. Just the 1989 Portwood had some overhead notes I couldn't really correspond to - but it was still enjoyable. I heard very good comments around here about the 21yo Portwood, although can't say anything about it by myself... (sniff!).
Had the 21yr (or was it 25yr) single barrel bottling once - wasn't overwelmed. Nice but not mana from heaven.
I wouldn't be so harsh as Bruce:
"Got to recommend the 10 and the 12.
Anything else is a waste of money."
Bruce - perhaps your view is influenced by a bigger price spread than we see here in Canada. I can buy the 15 Single Barrel in Alberta for the same price charged for the 12 DoubleWood in British Columbia ($65 Cdn.)
The 10Y founders Reserve has the cleanest honey I ever encountered in a whisky and it was this that awoke my curiosity towards the distillery. Sampled everything up to the 25 and even some vintages and its all good. If you like sweetness and vanilla/ Honey then Balvenie is the thing for you. (and me )
In reaction to the hoo-hah, the SWA banned the use of regional appellations on labels of whisky from outside that region, and maybe that's as well--after all, an "Islay Cask" could be from Laphroaig or Bunnahabhain (but perhaps not from Caol Ila? There are no Caol Ila casks in Islay!). I still see Glenfiddich's Caoran for sale, though, and that's a far worse whisky in my mind.
For inexplicable some reason Balvenie has been the hole in my tasting experience for the last 10 years, I think I've had perhaps 3 Balvenies the whole time.
Wouldn't be the association with Glenfiddich, would it?
I still see Glenfiddich's Caoran for sale, though, and that's a far worse whisky in my mind.
I'm amazed this whisky found its way into the bottle. I couldn't believe what a poor, hot, fiery, and out of balance whisky this was. And I was not alone....the bottle came out amongst a gathering of very experienced palates, and we all thought it was woeful.
It gave Glenfiddich a bad name!
Maybe the distillery will change the recipe of the 12yo after the disappearance of the Founder's Reserve (probably a higher share of bourbon matured Balvenie)? I would certainly be one of those looking forward to it.
"The Balvenie DoubleWood will now be the "youngest" version available from The Balvenie Distillery in a number of markets world wide.
"However, The Balvenie Founder's Reserve aged 10 years, will remain available in some markets. These will include the USA, UK and Travel Retail."
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