Scotch Review #84: Balvenie The Sweet Toast Of American Oak 12 Year Old
Price: $15 for a 2 oz pour during Happy Hour
Color: 1.1, Burnished. Likely Color Added and Chill Filtered.
Nose: A huge helping of very fresh and tart fruits, specifically raspberries and lemon. It’s really nice.
Palate: Lightly sweet. There’s citrus in the form of oranges and candied lemons along with a bit of nice toasted barley. Butterscotch and something creamy round this one up.
Finish: Medium in length and it finishes a bit tart with more of those raspberries and lemon, a bit of cream, a bit of oak, and a bit of cocoa powder.
Conclusion: This is one of the first in Balvenie’s “Stories” range of whiskies. This apparently is the result of an experiment by their apprentice malt master. It’s a lovely dram that’s nice and fruity. The tartness of the raspberries and citrus play together so well. There are moments where I’m reminded a lot of raspberry lemonade with the mix of fruit that is in here. The malt sweetness is nice and I like that bit of creaminess that creeps in right at the end.
Would I buy a bottle? Maybe, I haven’t seen any around yet.
Scotch Whisky review #84, Speyside Whisky Review #35, Whisky Network Review #109
Final Score: 83.
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.