Balvenie 12yo Doublewood.
So named because it’s sherry-finished (Oloroso butt I think) after 12 years in an ex-bourbon cask.
This is a hugely popular whisky, loved by many critics including Jim Murray and the late Michael Jackson (no, not that one.)
Burnt clutch lining on the nose along with Tesco value sherry. Little depth of flavour, just rather dull sherry. Water brings out a slightly spicy orangey mulled-wine flavour but it’s too subtle for me. Short, hot finish that doesn’t really taste of much.
“Well, it’s whisky so I’ll drink it.”
I’d far rather have the 12yo Signature or 10yo Founders Reserve from the same ‘still, both soundly spank this hugely disappointing dram.