The Balvenie 12yr DoubleWood was not the first scotch I ever tasted. It wasn’t even the first bottle I ever purchased. But it was the scotch that turned me from a scotch drinker to a scotch lover. And what’s not to love? Such a smooth and mellow whisky with a sweetness that doesn’t overpower, but gives you new flavors to enjoy with each dram.
David Stewart was the first Master Distiller to introduce the idea of using wine casks to extra mature a whisky. What begins as the 12 yr Single Barrel is then transferred to a first fill European Oak Sherry Cask for a minimum of 6 months. From that extra maturation we get that extra smoothness and sweetness adding vanilla and dried fruit tones to an already great whisky.
This whisky really opened my eyes to the subtle differences that the spirit has to offer with every new tasting, and it really started my journey. Thanks to that, it always held a special place in my heart, which is why I used it as the starting point for my Whisky Lamps. Such a wonderful whisky in a beautiful bottle should be enjoyed, even after the bottle is empty.
I have tried many whiskies, but always come back to the 12yr DoubleWood as a staple in my collection.