The KOTQ has enjoyed 13 tastings from the Balvenie distillery

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Balvenie Speyside 1892 – Today Unknown
       
Status Ownership Water Source Production
Active W. Grant & Sons Robbie Dhu springs 6,200,000 liters/year
       
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BALVENIE yo 05Q4 – BALVENIE 10 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Holy Cow! What a nose! Very sweet nose.
Orange zest – and a hint of cinnamon
Honest – clean
Festive scotch. A lot of fun for a 10yo.
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Centennial
Praise vanilla
Sweet surprise
Just … ok
… with a bit of chocolate, cocoa butter. Enjoyable
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Irving
Light, grassy, woody
Oil, citrus zest
Soapy
Sweet caramel
Good dessert whisky. Good value. Really enjoyed it. A good everyday drinker.
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Lakeview
Vanilla, nutmeg
Very light
Starts off smooth, but really lingers
Good as a pre-meal scotch
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006

BALVENIE Doublewood 12Q3 – BALVENIE 12 Doublewood [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

BALVENIE Doublewood 05Q4 – BALVENIE 12 Doublewood [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Apple – I’m beginning to like these Balvenie noses. Vanilla.
A little soft – not quite as flavorful. More “maturity”.
Reserved
2nd wood is a sherry cask. It is archetypal – good scotch to introduce to newbs.
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Centennial
Full monty
Sleek, slippery
Sherrry, baby!
Soft-spoken
Smart, elegant … a classic. Good intro for newcomers!
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Irving
LIttle medicinal, sherry.
Wood, cedar, nutty
syrupy, heavy
With a little water added, slightly sweet
More complex, and less sweet than Balvenie 10
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Lakeview
Maple Syrup
Oily, buttery, full
Tastes great after a slight cut
I really thought the Doublewood stood out after a slight cut.
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006

BALVENIE Doublewood 06Q4 – BALVENIE 12 Doublewood [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

BALVENIE Caribbean Cask 13Q3 – BALVENIE 14 Caribbean Cask [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

BALVENIE Caribbean Cask 12Q1 – BALVENIE 14 Caribbean Cask [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Rum but nothing else. Hold on ……. vanilla
Confused by the rum. I don’t think rum fortification is a good fit
A summer scotch. Better poured off a woman’s body I’m sure.
12Q1-Riesling
March 24th, 2012
Lakeview
Golden waves
Rum scent overpowers the buttercream / vanilla
Sweet and spirited
Starts sweet with the rum prevalent but ends with a kick
Smooth, buttercream finish
Very approachable, a good introductory malt – great for summer or breakfast
12Q1-Riesling
March 24th, 2012
Ville
Rum, orange
Michelle Williams
Nut single, solid medium vanilla, cream
12Q1-Riesling
March 24th, 2012

BALVENIE yo 00Q2 – BALVENIE 15 yo [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Light to Dark
Strong, powerful, burn
Full
Masculine
Regal, warm
Royalty of Speyside
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Centennial
Tangerine
Swift
Wide
Sharp
Warm
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Cyclone
Light cinnamon
Biting
Light
Spicy
Soft going down – hard hitting on the swallow
Good first experience
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Irving
Medium orange
Light esters
Rich
Candy apricot. Light soap
Quick & clean
Complex
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Lakeview
Light
Taut – (tight) burn
Tangy
Wow! Power!
Money! Pure quality
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Tao
Straw
Slight iodine
Light
Mellow
Sharp (possibly alcohol)
I want more. Too good for Scots!
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000

BALVENIE yo 05Q4 – BALVENIE 15 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Loses some innocence
Maple – after being cut
I shouldn’t have to add my own water.
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Centennial
Cheddar, sharp
Maple ambiance
Sweet … when water added!
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Irving
Noticably more alcohol
Compares to the 10 and 12, both of which are better. Needs a little water.
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Lakeview
medicinal
maple, post-cut
Very good, better than Doublewood – again had to cut though
Loved it cut… begs the Bop question, is it worth the energy?
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006

BALVENIE Triple Cask 16Q2 – BALVENIE 16 Triple Cask [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
dark amber
pineapple fruit, hints of salt,
sweetness, custard, apricots
esters, gentle, hints of oak.
good looking bottle, really could benefit from being bottled at a higher ABV. 40% made the palate a bit too ‘thin’. But enjoyable.
16Q2-B Funk
July 23rd, 2016
Lakeview
Caramel
Hard butterscotch candies + windex
Watery but then closes with a bang
Salted Caramel corn
Ok, but likely wouldn’t buy because of watery palate
16Q2-B Funk
July 23rd, 2016
Lakeview
Hard butterscotch candy in wrapper
Squishy watermelon
Buttered toast, Hawaiian pork, pineapple
16Q2-B Funk
July 23rd, 2016

BALVENIE Islay Cask 05Q4 – BALVENIE 17 Islay Cask [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Smoky – where did that come from!
Islay quiet
Reminiscent of a northern Islay. The question remains why drink this if you could have a real Islay?
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Centennial
Medicinal
Tooooo sharp
Not my kind of scotch. Time for study … MICROVATTERS and Mad-hatters!
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Irving
Cinnamon
soapy, heavy
And More cinnamon
cut with a little water
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Lakeview
Awww Peat
Spicy
Peppery, lingers
Again, a slight cut improved the experience, but I’d rather just drink an Islay single malt than drink this, if I was interested in that region at that time…
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006

BALVENIE Islay Cask 03Q1 – BALVENIE 17 Islay Cask [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

BALVENIE Port Finish 05Q4 – BALVENIE 21 Port Finish [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Lighter than I expected
Tasty – sweet, strong, flavorful.
A touch of the grape in the finish Somer bitterness at end – but short.
Interesting – lots of food parallels.
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Centennial
Woodsy
Light-footed
Fruit/raison, cinnamon
A backward glance – 21 yr.old Lolita
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Irving
Brown butter
Citrus Zest
Mouthfeel is oily
Little bitter, tart, coffee, cedar, short
Simple, clean. What’s particular unique is the single experience it delivers. It’s middle of the pallette, constrained. It’s gooed, not great.
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006
Lakeview
Nutmeg, orange peels
mix of butter and pepper
Initially spicy but doesn’t linger
A nice scotch; not sure if it really belongs in my Top Ten anymore…
05Q4-Lakeview
February 25th, 2006

BALVENIE Port Finish 01Q3 – BALVENIE 21 Port Finish [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Coppery
Sharp
coppery!
smooth, warm
Seems less port-imported then the Glenmorangie version (perhaps due to be applied to a more mature scotch)
01Q3-Tao
September 29th, 2001
Centennial
Bourbonesque
sweet – mama
Mild/content
lingers
longing – pontness?
my favorite – best
01Q3-Tao
September 29th, 2001
Cyclone
Copper
Very soapy
Slender but firm Cameron Diaz
Grassy, sharper than Glenmorangie Port
Random
01Q3-Tao
September 29th, 2001
Irving
red brown
Distant sherry, sweet
long legs
Reserved, sexy
long walk in Muir Woods
01Q3-Tao
September 29th, 2001
Lakeview
Rustic
Vanilla cream
Gentle
Pure as the driven snow
In my collection! (Nuff said)
01Q3-Tao
September 29th, 2001
Tao
golden – glows
Honey
Not enough O’s in smooooth.
01Q3-Tao
September 29th, 2001
Ville
01Q3-Tao
September 29th, 2001