Oct. 20, 2022

Balvenie 12 year Sweet Toast of American Oak!

Balvenie 12 year Sweet Toast of American Oak!

On today's episode we have a glass of Balvenie 12 year, the sweet toast of American oak!  A Speyside single malt That is finished in a toasted barrel.  We talk scotch ages, Speysides, and who is this bottle made for? All that and more on today's episode of Whiskey Chasers! 

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This is not our first speyside. In fact the majority of Scotch Bottles we have done reign from Speyside. 

-Funny thing is that it is not Nick’s favorite flavor when it comes to Scotches

-It’s very friendly and light, but most speyside bottles lack boldness. They tend not to stand out in a crowd of speyside whiskeys 

I want to say that this bottle will make a move towards the front of the speyside whiskey list for us because it is finished in toasted american oak barrels, but we will have to wait and see. 

The Bottle: 

  • Single Malt Whiskey 
  • This is a blend of several barrels from the Balvenie Distillery and the youngest that was blended in this was 12 years old 
    • Too young for Nick 
  • 86 proof which is very typical for scotch 
  • Part of the Stories Series 
    • Each bottle has a story behind the bottle
    • The feel that you get to know the distillery even more
    • These bottles are also a way for them to experiment 
  • First aged in ex bourbon barrels
  • They bring in virgin american oak barrels from Kentucky and toast them there 
  • They then finish the whiskey in the toasted barrels 
  • Price: $90

Tasting notes:

  • Smells very young 
  • Fruity
  • Not the same flavor as toasted bourbon 


  • Ironically same owner as Glenfiddich 
    • Opened in 1892 (Gelnfidich opened 1887)
    • Production starts 1893
  • Son takes over in 1923
  • Still use the traditional malting floor

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