A new edition to the Balvenie Stable is the Doublewood 17 years old. Although it is distinctly different than the 12, with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity. To craft the 17yo, David Stewart, who celebrates his 50th year at The Balvenie, this year, returned to one of his most celebrated achievements consecutive maturation in two different types of cask, a process often referred to as cask finishing. This technique is at the heart of DoubleWood it sees the whisky matured first in American oak barrels, which impart soft sweet vanilla notes, before being transferred to European oak sherry casks, where the second cask ageing adds rich spicy flavours that a depth and fullness of flavour.
Nose: Elegant & complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple.
Taste: Sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds & cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes & traces of oak & deep vanilla
FINISH: Vanilla, oak, honey and a spicy sweetness.