Balvenie DoubleWood

Balvenie DoubleWood: Double the Joy

Ryan Yip A Gentleman's Review 1 Comment

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 has a special place in my heart. I think a lot of you have probably seen this bottle sitting on the shelf at a bar among other bottles, next to the Macallan and Jack Daniels. However, this bottle is not so ordinary, it surprises people with its unique distinctions.


  • The Balvenie distillery is a Speyside single malt whiskey distillery
  • The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 was launched in 1993, this bottle was made with a special process developed by Balvenie’s whiskey master David Stewart, ‘wood finishing’.
  • 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Balvenie DoubelWood 12

Exquisite Combination

Sherry casks

Sweet but not boring, peat and fruity, there is really no downside to drinking a Double Wood. It was first aged in refill American oak cask before it was finished in a first fill European oak Oloroso sherry butts for an additional nine months. The way sherry and bourbon casks were made contributed to the complex flavour presented in the Balvenie 12 Double Wood. While bourbon casks were charred when made and sherry casks were toasted instead of charred, the spiciness, sweetness, and smoky aromas donated by the Oloroso sherry butts elevated the taste of the whiskey.

The Balvenie DoubleWood single malt whisky gains its distinctive character from being matured in two different wood types. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt whisky.

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Tasting Notes

Nose: Sweet fruit and a strong Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.

Taste: Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours. Nutty sweet, cinnamon spiciness and a hint but delicately proportioned layer of sherry.

Finish: Has a long-lasting finish to it. Warm

DoubleWood has the smoothness of a nice Irish with the complexity of bourbons and it is not aggressively peaty. A great choice for someone who does not like whiskey with a strong peaty tang to it. It has a fairly light mouthfeel, doesn’t have the ‘burning’ sensation. The sherry taste is obvious but doesn’t overpower the vanilla and honey presented in it. On the flip side, it was not quite able to convey the fruitiness and nuttiness that the nose suggested. All in all though, it is a great choice for both beginners and those who have been drinking whiskey for a while to add to their collections.

price: ~$40 USD; ~$320 HKD

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