Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Yr.
Staff Pick

Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Yr.

Item # 28735 750mL
$79.99/ Single Bottle
$479.94/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

From a single cask Balvenie brings this unique and complex scotch. It is warm with full vanilla flavors complemented by fruit and spice.

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Staff Pick Notes

“The older the whisky, the better it is.” This motto has no factual basis, yet whisky drinkers seem to tote the phrase wherever they go. Instead say, “The older the whisky, the more it is influenced by the wood.” Not as catchy, but at least it’s true. The Balvenie has always been an excellent arbiter of wood influence, whether it's their 12 yr "Doublewood" or their rare 17 yr Madeira cask. Now they've floored me with their 12 yr Single Barrel. A bouquet of roasted peanuts, maple syrup, allspice, and coffee beans! The palate is full of rich toffee, green apples, peanut butter malt balls, and creamy caramel. I've had almost everything from The Balvenie, the 15yr Single Barrel, the 14yr Carribean Cask, the 21yr Portwood, and even the Tun 1601. The 12yr Single Barrel is still my favorite. Chalk one up for young whisky!

- SD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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