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Old 01-09-2014, 06:23 PM
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Has anyone got a Balvenie favourite?

I do like the doublewood and I saw a few tun's i may try and get hold of? Anyone got any Balvenie recommendations?
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:19 PM
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Balvenie 15 year old single barrel is IMO much better than the doublewood. Highly recomended
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:40 PM
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I agree. The 15 year old seems to get better as the bottle is open too!
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:22 AM
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I like the two that I've had the opportunity to drink, and have both of them on hand now. Of course the DoubleWood and the other is the 14yr. Golden Cask, which I hope to be able to find again in the future as I really like it.

The DoubleWood is one of the most accessible and widely loved whiskies for a great number of people and rather than say that the 15 is 'better' it might be more accurate to say 'even better yet'.

I'll take my try with the 15 when I get the chance, but even though I think I like the 14 Golden Cask best of the two, the DoubleWood stays in the lineup.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:47 AM
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I've always liked the Portwood
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:05 AM
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DoubleWood 12 is the only one I've ever had. Have 6 unopened + 1. I hope to try some different offerings but don't want to pay more than I should because my state has a monopoly on the sale of liquor.
Was in the Spokane Total Wine Tuesday looking at beer and was surprised to see the DW 12 still on special for $47.40 (after taxes). I took one home.
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I had the DW once and did not care for it at all. If it was my first balvenie it would turn me away from the other offerings from the distillery. my first was a 15 year old miniature. Great stuff. I bought a bottle of the 15 after that for 55 euros which is a little more than the DW which is around 45 euros in my area. And it was excellent. Being a single barrel every bottling should be different i guess but both batches that i had were outstanding!
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:30 AM
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May have to try and get at least the 15.

Anyone got a favourite Tun?

I saw the number 7 for a great price and am actually really considering it. I saw a few #1's as well but they are out of my price range.
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:12 AM
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Shared some of the Golden Cask 14 last night and I'm already regretting not having picked up two bottles of it.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:32 PM
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Portwood 21 is the only Balvenie I've tried to this point, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Reading through this thread makes me want to try some of their other expressions.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:27 PM
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Balvenie is one of the best distilleries, consistently putting out great whiskies.

12yr Doublewood is a classic, and a benchmark for its genre.

12yr Signature is fantastic, offering a great malt whisky full bodied and complex.

14yr Carribbean cask is a fine rum-cask finished whisky - full of spice!

15yr Single Barrel represents the very best of unfinished, complex, malt whisky, straight (-ish) from the barrel (it is diluted down a bit).

21yr Portwood is one of the most outstanding whiskies ever produced on a regular basis. The others that compare (in MY mind) are limited offerings or vintages (Glenrothes) that you can no longer find.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:53 PM
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I can clearly see I am just scratching the surface.

I also saw on whiskyauctioneers facebook page they have a Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch #1 in the upcoming auction...I wonder what that one is like? Probably slightly out of my price range...

I saw the Caribbean Cask in a supermarket last night...may go back....I don't have many whisky shops locally so am stuck with either online orders or supermarkets.
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While i'm not a fan of Balvenie (you can keep the DW) the 15 Single Barrel is always fantastic, what great casks they select and with impeccable consistency. I hear the 15 Single Barrel is to be discontinued soon so snaffle the lot before it's gone.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:48 PM
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SB 15, and 14 Caribbean cask are the best bang for your $. I think the 12 Double wood is a little thin on the palate for my liking and not as rich as some other scotchs in that price rage.

12 year old single barrel seems very overpriced imo at $69 in my area as does the 17yr double wood at $130. I haven't really heard positive things about the 17 DW from friends of mine who have purchased it. Most say it's a waste of money so I heed their advice.

21 portwood is actually really good if you don't mind spending the money to get it.

If I had to pick one though, from the entire range, Balvenie 15 SB owns.
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SB 15, and 14 Caribbean cask are the best bang for your $. I think the 12 Double wood is a little thin on the palate for my liking and not as rich as some other scotchs in that price rage.

21 portwood is actually really good if you don't mind spending the money to get it.

If I had to pick one though, from the entire range, Balvenie 15 SB owns.
I've been interested in the Portwood for a long time now but the price, coupled with uncertainty has kept me away.

Single Barrel 15 is high on my list of desired bottlings and if I can find one in town today I'll probably pick it up.
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:52 AM
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Balvenie 15 year old single barrel is IMO much better... Highly recomended
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I agree. The 15 year old seems to get better as the bottle is open too!
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15yr Single Barrel represents the very best of unfinished, complex, malt whisky...
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...the 15 Single Barrel is always fantastic, what great casks they select and with impeccable consistency.
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...If I had to pick one though, from the entire range, Balvenie 15 SB owns.
After all these recommendations I found myself coming home with a bottle of Single Barrel 15 tonight.

I'll post back when I've had a chance to open it up with a couple friends.
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It is a great malt whisky. Upon intense study, you should discover all the wonderful aspects of what the whisky can deliver, without masking it with a rich wood-finish.
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:41 PM
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I have also just ordered one... Quite looking forward to it.

I noticed a few Balvenie Tun #1's available...Wondering if I should sell my car or a liver - there are two on this auction (ending tomorrow)

http://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/...lery-exclusive
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I find the 15 YO really opens up after you let it sit for a half hour.
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I find the 15 YO really opens up after you let it sit for a half hour.
It gets better?

I'll be trying that soon, but it makes me wonder, what actually happens and is letting your drink sit for a while something that works with most whiskies?
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:36 AM
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Hey Islay, good to see you and this (my favorite) site is still alive and well. I thought it just disappeared. Bought out by the Germans.
I think most good Whisky improves if you let it breath/open up a bit especially if it's a newly opened bottle.
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Is it then an advisable position, to open a bottle and leave the top off for an hour when new?

Good to see you back here and looking forward to more lessons in whisky appreciation.
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That might work but I think it quicker to do it in the glass.
If I left my cork out for too long, my grand kids might run off with it and use it for a bobber for there fishing pole.
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Leaving a bottle open for an hour or two shouldn't be a problem (I often do this, but more because it doesn't make much sense to put the cork back between drams). Leaving it open longer, say overnight, is probably not a good idea - especially if you've got kids, dogs, cats or birds in the vicinity.
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Anybody ever try to use the wine aerator on whisky? I always wonder whether it will work on whisky to open it up....... Instead of letting it sit there for half to a hour....
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http://whiskyadvocate.com/whisky/201...afternoon-fun/

So much for the gadget......
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