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Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year, Singleton 12 & Aberlour 12: A Speyside Single Malt Review

Balvenie Doublewood 237x300 Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year, Singleton 12 & Aberlour 12: A Speyside Single Malt ReviewBy Matt Goldstein

Tom Bishop: I thought spies drank martinis.

Nathan Muir: Scotch, never less than twelve years old. 

The Balvenie Doublewood 12:

The Doublewood 12 Year Single Malt Scotch is much like the 15 actually but a bit less expensive.  The Doublewood gets its name from being aged in two distinct oak casks.  The Balvenie Doublewood is aged in traditional oak whisky cask, then a European oak sherry cask.  The Doublewood is a very smooth single malt scotch with a touch of peat.  There is an excellent malt flavor with nutty and honey notes.  The finish has a bit of fruit and vanilla with a peat aftertaste.  The light smoky taste makes this a very complex scotch for a 12 year.  Established in 1892, the Balvenie distillery is in Dufftown, Banffshire Scotland in the Speyside region. 

The Singleton’s 12 Year Single Malt Scotch:

The Singleton’s 12 is very smooth, slightly warming with a good and light flavor.  With a fruity nose, and light honey and caramel flavor, a complex finish and light sweet aftertaste.  Singleton is a Speyside scotch from Dufftown Banffshire.  For about $30-35, this is an excellent single malt scotch and stands up to many single malts for twice price.       

The Aberlour 12 Year Single Malt Speyside Scotch:

The Aberlour 12 is also smooth and light with a nice warmth.  The Aberlour is sweet with a hint of honey but also thin and a touch dry in the finish.  This 12 Year Old single malt has been matured in two types of cask.  Many times the double barrel aging adds much complexity.  The color is gold and a bit red, and the flavor has a definitive sherry character with pepper and peat smoke.  According to their web site, the Aberlour distillery produces 3.2 million liters of alcohol each year. Casked at 63.5%, the main age statements of Aberlour single malt Scotch whiskies are the 10, 12 and 16 Year Olds and A’bunadh.  The crystal-clear spring water cascades down the slopes of Ben Rinnes, and makes its way from there along the Lour Valley to the distillery.




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3 comments to Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year, Singleton 12 & Aberlour 12: A Speyside Single Malt Review

  • Joe, you are too modest. When I chkeecd at 2 pm Tuesday afternoon, Amazon definitely had “The List” ranked #13 on the Kindle list, not #15. (At the same time, Stephen Carpenter’s “Killer” stood at #12; John Locke held 4 spots in the Top Ten, including #1 and #2; and Amanda Hocking had 3 in the Top Twenty. That was nine indie titles in the Top 20. Amazing.)As someone racing to finish and publish my first thriller very soon, I’m grateful to you for your willingness to share your success and wisdom. Largely because of your blog and , I’ve finally become motivated to make the big jump from nonfiction to fiction — something I had always dreamed of doing. It took the examples of pioneering indie authors like you to show me that my efforts would not have to face the torture and near-certain futility of running the Gatekeeper Gauntlet.Thank you for your daily doses of inspiration and advice.–Robert Bidinotto



    I like the spy game refference– great movie.


    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    HA! I’ve been waiting to use that quote until I had all 12 year scotches in one article. Underrated flick, no doubt.


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