ralfy review 841 – Balvenie 12yo Taste of Sweet Oak @ 43%vol:



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23 Comments
  1. Reply
    hooman irani September 1, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Now I can’t wait to see Ardbeg 5 review. Bottled at 47.4%. Non chill-filtered, natural color. Grabbed one for 50$ but haven’t opened it yet.

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    joelencar September 1, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Ralfy, I 100% agree with you on this review. This Balvenie 12 Sweet Toast of American Oak was my biggest whisky disappointment of last year. Not only is it not good, it was disappointingly boring to me even though the price was at a medium range here in Southern California. While I generally enjoy Balvenie releases, this one wasn’t just a miss, it was a long shot in the wrong direction. At least Mellow Corn is only $13 here and hits well above its price point. Slainte, malevolent malt master!

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    per kristian sandgren September 1, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you! I have think of buying it but now nope and ita 76£ in Norway. Thank you so much agan. Stay safe

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    Akshat Pradhan September 1, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    i had recently bought a bottle of their 12 year triple cask. I thought there was too much going on and was not enjoyable.

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    MrBoomslang88 September 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Very true! Ralfy you wee beastie!

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    Brenner September 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I like Balvenie … Balvenie is nice … just overpriced. Maybe not "Macallan-overpriced", but still too expensive for what it delivers compared to alternatives.

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    Brenner September 1, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Ralfy, I wished you gave your policy a second thought and put in some non-favourable reviews from time to time… a dud of the month so to speak. They are out there. And we mere malt mortals could use that kind of input as well!

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    fritsk2 September 1, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    This sounds like a big disappointment. From a business perspective I understand them wanting to use new american oak casks, but this sounds like they just need to throw away the contents after they have mellowed a new cask.

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    William Andersson September 1, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Guess your fake plea for the Ardbeg paid off. Congrats.

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    Shane4Bass September 1, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Hey Ralfy, I thought you don't publish reviews of whiskys that score below 80. Did you forget that you had such a policy?

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    Tom Zeppa September 1, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the great review. I enjoy Balvenie. They aren't my favorite but they are always a solid option. Well except in this case. I'll stick to their standard line.

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    Joe Jisser September 1, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    I noticed the wee beastie behind you, when can we expect the review?

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    Rich Boshart September 1, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Wish I had viewed this before I wasted money on this malt a few months ago because it was on sale. Harsh is the right word. Bought it because I’ve enjoyed other Balvenie expressions.

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    wich September 1, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Ralfy, how do you think a second use of those casks will work out? I’m guessing it should be quite similar to ex-bourbon casks, no? This might be a good source of casks after all. Also would a blend of this one with a whisky from a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th use of the same casks perhaps be more balanced?

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    Steven Owens September 2, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Excellent review. Honesty and Integrity is important in Whisky and reviews. Personally the Balvenies I’ve tried have been way to thin and boring for the price.

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    Martin Collmer September 2, 2020 at 12:13 am

    I decided to give Balvenie a try after I watched the late Anthony Bourdaine's videos. So I bought an $80 bottle of SIngle Barrel 12 Y/O bottled at 47.8 ABV. Being in the Good Old USA the price was inflated by Trumps revenge tariff. Color looks naturalish, no statement about filtering so I guess it was. Although not as bad as this expression, i will not buy another and it is much more patatible with ICE !

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    Anj Kovo September 2, 2020 at 12:22 am

    What's your thoughts on the Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old ?

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    Anthony lambert September 2, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Watching this video with a dram of Springbank 10 in my hand.

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    Hirsine September 2, 2020 at 12:49 am

    I knew something was wrong with so many negative things coming out of this bottle……a Malt while trying something different, fails in development, that the wood has "bloody and battered laying on the floor" the Malt, which gave it the worse rating ever given by Ralfy at this point in time- 79!
    Funny any Malt that is NAS, which Ralfy has promised not to review as his policy, are way better off not being reviewed! Integrity is BRUTAL under scrutiny!

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    TheCats Whiskers September 2, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Heyup Ralfy. I've never had a Balvenie but I was for a long time a big fan of this company's cheaper blended Scotch. I have for many years drunk many bottles of Grant's Family Reserve as my go to cheap blended scotch when I didn't have any money. I thought for years that If you are skint you can't beat Family Reserve for £12. I've also bought many bottles of Stand Fast at auction for relatively low prices. Stand Fast was like the predecessor from Grant's to the Family Reserve. Two or three years ago they replaced the Family Reserve with Triple Wood and I feel about Triple Wood the same as you feel about this. I bought one bottle of Triple Wood and I have never bought any since and I am not going to buy another bottle unless they change it again. I have since then started buying the likes of Stand Fast & The Family Reserve and a 100% US proof version and a Special Family Reserve version at auction but I will never buy a second bottle of the Triple Wood. All you can taste is the wood and it spoils the whisky. You can't really taste the whisky, you can only taste the wood. We had better hope they don't do this to the Genfiddich because if they do those delightful & delicate floral notes would just be completely battered into submission by the wood. I keep hoping they will bring back Family Reserve or Stand Fast or even introduce something new as a budget offering but I might be hoping for a long time. You could review Stand Fast as a blended scotch for your channel by the way – it would score a higher mark than this one!

    All the best Ralfy anyway & keep up the good work on your channel!

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    Billyboy 9 September 2, 2020 at 2:07 am

    You can get a 12 year old blend in the supermarket for less than £15 at the minute, so I'd rather have that in my tumbler after the golf. On a more serious note, I really think the distilleries in Scotland are worried about getting decent casks. The American craft whiskey makers are competing for the ex-bourbon barrels and the good sherry butts are even harder to source. Maybe one answer would be for a distillery to make a grain whisky and age it completely in a good quality new charred oak casks and then use those for single malt. Would this be a viable option?

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    The Estimator September 2, 2020 at 3:03 am

    However bad this is , no way can it be worse than the Engine De-Greaser produced by
    Lakes Distillery near Keswick, which is truly appalling, they wont sell " the good stuff " in the display cabinets , you have to buy the crap, don't bother

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    Alan Covert September 2, 2020 at 3:06 am

    Is there a Scotch than is aged in fresh oak barrels? Unlike this one that was first aged in used barrels then put in a fresh barrel. I enjoy Bourbon and would be interested how a Scotch would turn out being aged the same way.

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