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The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range: Doublewood 12 year, Rumwood 14 year, Single Barrel 15 year, Islay Cask 17 year, Portwood 21 year & 30 year

balvenie single malt scotch range 300x190 The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range: Doublewood 12 year, Rumwood 14 year, Single Barrel 15 year, Islay Cask 17 year, Portwood 21 year & 30 yearThe Balvenie Road Show: Traveling with the Best Range in Scotch

By Tim Rodgers & Matt Goldstein

When called to give the readers of Whiskey Goldmine the vital information that they seek, I answer that calling.  Putting family, children, and obligations aside, I make the necessary sacrifice to go to The Palm Restaurant on Broad Street to attend The Balvenie Single Malt range private tasting.  After fueling up with the Filet Mignon, Prawns, and Crab washed down with a Hendricks Gin Martini and a Stoli Martini (slightly dirty and light on the vermouth of course) we were ready to taste some Scotch.  Was it too much to ask for WhiskeyGoldmine CEO Matt Goldstein to put on a tie for the occasion?  Yes it was.  Yes it was.  After a nice meet and greet, cocktail hour, and some food, it was time to get down to business.

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Balvenie Doublewood 237x300 The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range: Doublewood 12 year, Rumwood 14 year, Single Barrel 15 year, Islay Cask 17 year, Portwood 21 year & 30 yearThe Balvenie Doublewood Aged 12 years

This is the perfect Scotch for the novice scotch drinker or for those that haven’t quite found an appreciation for scotch.  It has a nice vanilla aroma with a subtle sweetness in the finish.  If you like whiskey but haven’t made that leap to scotch, this might be your brand.  Furthermore, as far as complexity and value for your dollar, there might be a scotch that gives you the bang for your buck on the market today.

The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods.  Over the period of maturation, the whisky is transferred from a traditional oak cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask.  Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt.   The traditional casks soften and add character, while the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavor.

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balvenie 15 year old single malt scotch whisky 225x300 The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range: Doublewood 12 year, Rumwood 14 year, Single Barrel 15 year, Islay Cask 17 year, Portwood 21 year & 30 yearThe Balvenie Single Barrel, Aged 15 Years

The Balvenie Single Barrel is a 15 year old single malt which is drawn from a single traditional oak whiskey cask of a single distillation.  Each cask is subtly different, as The Balvenie Malt Master selects only those casks which have the essential characteristics of The Balvenie Single Barrel. particularly honey, vanilla and oaky notes.  Each bottling forms a limited edition of no more than 350 hand-numbered bottles – so each bottle is unique and unrepeatable.

There was definitely a nice delicate balance of sweet notes that complimented the oak notes.  Spot on.  The Balvenie 15 year Single Malt Scotch won the first ever double blind taste in the history of Whiskey Goldmine.  Balvenie beat out Oban 14, Laphroiag 18, Macallan 10, Highland Park 12, The Glenlivet 12, and the Glenmorangie Lasanta 12.  The Balvenie 15 year is simply one of the best single malts on the market today.

 

The Balvenie Morgan Car Matt Goldstein Whiskey Goldmine 300x225 The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range: Doublewood 12 year, Rumwood 14 year, Single Barrel 15 year, Islay Cask 17 year, Portwood 21 year & 30 yearThe Balvenie PortWood, Aged 21 Years

You can really taste the complexity in the Portwood.  The aging process really adds layers upon layers of interesting notes in this Balvenie.   To create The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years, a marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, which have held fine port wines.   The Balvenie Malt Master samples this whisky regularly to ensure that just the right amount of character is created by the port casks.  Again, here is another excellent and unique Single Malt by Balvenie.  In the picture on the left is Matt Goldstein, CEO and publisher of Whiskey Goldmine, sitting in the Balvenie Roadshow Morgan car just minutes before he tore it up Broad St in downtown Philly and smashed it into 4 parked cars and a couple of pedestrians.  Oops!  We would like to apologize to Balvenie for destroying their beautiful car and for the ensuing law suit.  Thanks for the scotch though…

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balvenie single malt scotch barrells 300x264 The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range: Doublewood 12 year, Rumwood 14 year, Single Barrel 15 year, Islay Cask 17 year, Portwood 21 year & 30 yearThe Balvenie Thirty, Aged 30 Years

The Balvenie Thirty is a rare and especially fine single malt for which David Stewart selects only exceptional casks that were laid down over thirty years ago.  By marrying The Balvenie slowly aged in traditional oak whiskey casks with that aged in European oak sherry casks, David creates a rich, mellow Scotch whisky with unusual depth and complexity.  ‘Thirty’ is bottled at 47.3% abv to capture all the signature characteristics of The Balvenie.  We had the unique pleasure of sampling this little nugget for free.  (with free refills) *wink.  Flat out one of the best single malts we’ve ever had.  There is no doubt that the extended aging process ads a priceless complexity and depth.  The Balvenie 30 year is a masterpiece in single malt scotch.

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The Balvenie RumWood, Aged 14 Years

A limited edition bottling in 2006, The Balvenie RumWood spent its final 18 months of maturation in 14 casks which had previous held rum from Guyana and Venezuela.   The Balvenie RumWood was non chill filtered and was bottled at a strength of 47.1% abv.

They actually use wood from the United States and import the rum from the Carribean, while all of the actual aging is done in Scotland.  What do they do with the rum after they age the barrells you ask? …they sell it back into the market.  (Where can I get some of that?)  Hey Balvenie, when is the rum tasting?  You have my email so just let a brother know.

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balvenie 17 year peated cask single malt The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range: Doublewood 12 year, Rumwood 14 year, Single Barrel 15 year, Islay Cask 17 year, Portwood 21 year & 30 yearThe Balvenie Islay Cask, Aged 17 Years

One of our favorites, this was perhaps the most interesting of all the scotches.  Smoky, but not peated, this single malt is briefly aged in casks formerly aging peated scotch.  The smokiness from the cask creates one of the most unique single malts in the world.  For many scotch drinkers, the smoky charcoal flavors in numerous brands of Scotch can be overbearing.  When tasting the IslayCask, you get sweet honey notes, but the smoke finish in the aftertaste that is not overbearing but rather exceptionally complimentary.  It really is something and an absolute must try for all scotch drinkers, novice and pro alike.

In the making of The Balvenie IslayCask, David Stewart selected Balvenie single malt which had matured in traditional oak casks for at least 17 years and transferred it into 94 casks which had previously held Islay single malt.  After six months he felt the casks had imparted the desired delicate amount of peaty notes, typical of Islay.

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range:

The Balvenie range is the most diverse in single malt scotch.  Not only is it diverse, but it is simply the best.  Each cask type and maturation and whisky are carefully selected to create a different single malt experience for each scotch in the range.  From the Doublewood, Rumwood, Single Barrel, Islay Cask and Portwood, each has a style, flavor, mouthfeel and finish that can be appreciated by any scotch connoisseur can appreciate, be it a single malt fan or a blended Scotch whisky enthusiast.  Don’t believe us?  Try it for yourself.

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3 comments to The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Range: Doublewood 12 year, Rumwood 14 year, Single Barrel 15 year, Islay Cask 17 year, Portwood 21 year & 30 year

  • Matt Goldstein

    Wadup G-lo? How goes the booze dancing? Let’s get this collaboration going.

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    G-LO Reply:

    Yo Matt!

    Boozedancing goes well. Let me know what you have in mind. Email me or contact me via the blog.

    Cheers!
    G-LO

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  • Well done Boys! It was a very worthwhile evening for sure. Great meeting you too.

    Cheers!
    G-LO

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