Balvenie 12 Year Old – The Sweet Toast of American Oak
Stories always start at the beginning (unless they’re one of those purposely confusing stories like Memento or those Funnybones books – it’s never explained why they’re skeletons!), and this is the introductory release from The Balvenie Stories range! These releases all give light to events and people in Balvenie’s past and present – this one, for example, takes inspiration from apprentice malt master Kelsey McKechnie and her idea to import virgin oak barrels from Kentucky and deeply toast them at the distillery’s cooperage. They were then filled with Balvenie’s ex-bourbon oak aged whisky for a finishing period, resulting in… Well, this very whisky you see here!
Nose: Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.
Palate: Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.
Finish: Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices.
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