This review is going to look at an expression from Balvenie, in particular a Balvenie from the Triple Cask range which is exclusive to travel retail however it can also be found on some websites but it’s still predominantly in Airports and on Cruises. The Triple Cask range offers three expression which are the 12yr, 16yr and the 25yr. This review will look into the Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask which is the entry level whisky for the Balvenie Travel Retail range. The Triple Cask range does differ from the standard domestic market releases being matured in an additional cask compared to the Doublewood expressions. The casks used in the Triple cask Range are the Oloroso Sherry butts, First Fill Bourbon Barrels and Traditional Whisky casks.
So what makes the Triple Cask unique?
In the Triple Cask range none of the casks are used for finishing the whisky, unlike in the Doublewood range where finishing takes place. We’ll use the Balvenie 12yr as our example this means that all three casks being used Oloroso Sherry, 1st Fill Bourbon Barrels and Traditional Whisky Casks holds the whisky in them for 12 years and then being combined together in a large Marrying tun for six months so all the flavours can combine together giving each of the Triple Cask expressions its unique style and character.
Colour: Bronze Gold.
Nose: The nose begins with dried fruits, raisins, sweet sultanas, dried orange peel, and hints of brown sugar. So far a really pleasant nose and even offering a little presence of cinnamon spice.
Palate: On the palate it’s surprising rather light in texture on arrival. The spice first makes itself known as cinnamon sticks infused with honey offering bursts of spice combined with its sweeter notes. White pepper, spiced orange marmalade with its fruity character, along with a touch of vanilla and right on the end stewed apples and plums.
Finish: Now to move onto the finish a residing faint peppery spice lingers around the palate as the dried fruits still holding themselves present, a mixture of plums with the skins and sultanas. A silky coating with a medium finish and ending on a honeycomb sweetness right until the end.
AGE: 12 yrs
CASKS: Oloroso Sherry Butts, 1st Fill Bourbon & Traditional Whisky Casks.
DISTILLERY: Balvenie Distillery
COMPANY: William Grant and Sons
REGION/ORIGIN: Speyside, Scotland
EXCLUSIVE: Yes (Travel Retail Exclusive)
Comments: My opinion the Balvenie 12 year old Triple Cask is that it offers a lot more than the other 12 year old expressions that Balvenie produces. This one I really have enjoyed and to tell the truth I’m already on my second bottle of, it does off the classic Balvenie style which I’ve come to enjoy which is the combination of Fruity, Spice and Honey. To break down the whisky as a whole the nose is absolutely fruity and very inviting, the palate is where the spice element makes its proper introduction and the finish is where the honey notes leave you on a sweeter touch. As for the price point of view, it is priced at £55 for the 1 Litre bottle which when compared to its other 12yr counterparts may seem high but then again you’re getting a marriage of all three casks for the 12yrs which is unique and it’s a travel retail. If you’re a fan of Balvenie then this is a must and on the other had maybe someone who wants to experience complexity from travel retail then give this a go. If you’ve tried this expression feel free to let me know what you thought down below in the comments section. The next review will look into the Balvenie 16yr Triple Cask.