Balvenie Double Wood
This is a lovely whisky if you like latakia tobacco. My own blend of tobacco has about 10%. This whisky has notes of honey, orange and a hint of peatiness. The distillery is owned and run by the Glenfiddich Distillery but the two whiskies are a world apart. The double wood name refers to the two casks, first oak and then a first fill sherry, that this whisky has been aged in.
A lovely dram with or without a pipe. The distillery has this to say about it:
The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. During its period of maturation The Balvenie Doublewood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt – the traditional casks, having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.
Nose: Sweet fruit and oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.
Taste: A smooth and mellow single malt of beautifully combined flavours – nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry – with a long and warming finish.
I couldn’t agree more. Make mine a double!