Speyside region – 43% ABV – $129
New to The Balvenie’s standard range is a 17yo whisky.
What’s new this year is a now standard whisky: the 17yo DoubleWood. Essentially, an older version of the 12yo. At $40 (give or take) I’ve always found the 12yo DoubleWood to be one of the best buy whiskies out there. With this one jumping nearly $90 in cost, let’s see what it does; what the differences are…
(Yes, I know that sounded a bit too off but, come on, you know who you’re reading folks!)
This juice has the youthful quality of light bright fruit upon first sniff (pears, which are slight, as well as green plums).
Nosing after a few sips and the wood starts to come through in a welcome way.
Insanely approachable whisky. Easy going. Almost too easy.
Not very viscous but again, easy.
Finish – Biscuits, buttered with honey and medium wood spice.
In sum – For my tastes, I think I like the 12yo DoubleWood over this 17yo. Both are fine whiskies to be sure but I think the 12yo is a more challenging whisky and I’m one that likes to be challenged.
For those in the audience that is looking for what is quite possibly the easiest drinking whiskies I’ve had in a while, this baby is for you.
Special thanks to AW for the official sample!