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Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask

I like rum, I like Balvenie whiskies and I usually like rum finished whiskies so I was very excited to try this one recently.  Sometimes that excitement can lead to disappointment as a perfectly good (even great) whisky can have a lot to live to up and this one fell just that little bit short for me.  Not it's fault, probably mine.  The nose was malty and sweet, vanilla, caramel and some fruit.  This was where I felt the rum finish had the most impact.  The taste was more traditional Balvenie with honey (of course), toffee, more vanilla and the fruit became raisins.  Dare I say rum and raisin ice cream?  The finish had piney note at first (the only thing I was not wild about in this whisky) and then some more traditional oak and dried out to the point of even a hint of smoke.  Good, and if I tasted blind I probably would have been very impressed, but as I said I had very high expectations.  That said it was a small sample from so I will definately try it again.

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope