another Balvenie and i noticed that the rave reviews on the12yo Double Wood were for a 43% abv.. The bottling available here is at 40% abv. and thinking back to the last bottle of the 12yo DW it didn't strike me as being all that wonderfull, sure it was lovely but just above average. So now i'm wondering if we in Canada are getting stiffed by getting a watered-down version of the good
stuff, or has the OB abv. changed since the review was written?
Maybe they think you can't handle your drink up there!
Mr. T. wrote:
I've come to the conclusion that the 15 is not in fact cask strength
Pretty much the same as with the Glenfarclas 105 proof. It's also referred to as CS. But every botlle is exactly 60% ABV. A bit strange for a CS bottling. But then again, perhaps they sample their casks every day to bottle it at the right moment (when it's exactly 60 %
A merry christmas and a very healthy 2006 for you all.
perhaps they sample their casks every day to bottle it at the right moment (when it's exactly 60 %)
Curious at it seems I was told exactly that at a recent tasting, that Glenfarclas wait until it the 105 reaches 60% and then bottle it.
I really have a hard time believing this though. Actually I have an easier time NOT believing it.
Balvenie says "single barrel" not "single cask". I don't know if that is a significant difference but it sounds like no vatting occurs. Thus one must believe it is watered down. That said, previous releases WERE over 50% ABV. Future ones might change a bit.
hpulley wrote:Balvenie says "single barrel" not "single cask". I don't know if that is a significant difference but it sounds like no vatting occurs. Thus one must believe it is watered down. That said, previous releases WERE over 50% ABV. Future ones might change a bit.
Read the label carefully top to bottom:
Single Malt distilled at
The BALVENIE Distillery Banffshire SCOTLAND
SINGLE BARREL (registered trade-mark symbol) AHA!
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
from a single cask
AGED 15 YEARS
BOTTLED BY HAND
bottling date 14.07.05 cask no. 1669
in cask date 22.0196 bottle no. 29
CERTIFIED BY THE BALVENIE DISTILLERY
It does appear that the "SINGLE BARREL" is a trade name.
The discriptor on the sde of the bottle label says that: Each bottle is one of a limited edition of no more than 350 hand numbered bottles. Each bottle is unique and unrepeatable.
This new bottle that i have is better than the last one and i am sooooo HAPPY. OH YEAH, BABY!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!!
105 is a vatting
Off course it is, and that seems the most logical explanation for a CS bottling at the same ABV for every batch. Good thinking Harry, thnx
Single barrel, single cask
This reminds me a bit of the pure malt issue (wasn't that Cardhu?) For sure we will have single butt, and single hogshead bottlings next year. So we will never forget that there are marketing girls and boys doing their things. At the time we get single bottle bottlings i'm gonna switch back to red wine
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