Balvenie ‘Signature’ 12-year-old (batch 5)

Bought – Morrisons, 22nd May, 2014

92/100 – Whisky Bible 2013 (batch 4)
85/100 – Ralfy, of
Review: – Ralfy – Balvenie 12yo Signature (batch 2) – YouTube

Morrisons had this on sale and it was only when I checked the Whisky Bible 2014 that I discovered why – it wasn’t there! It’s been discontinued. I had to go back to the 2013 bible to get some facts and figures. I have batch 5, Ralfy reviewed batch 2 in 2009, and the 2013 bible includes batches 1, 3 and 4 with the following scores:

–         93/100 – Batch 1
–         89/100 – Batch 3
–         92/100 – Batch 4

As much as Jim Murray (author of the Whisky Bible) loves this Balvenie, his consistent complaint across all the batches is the lack of strength. This single malt has everything else except it’s only 40%. Ralfy agrees saying it promises so much but there’s a weakness on delivery due to the lack of alcohol. He suggests 46%. At 40% Rafly recommends little or no water.

With all this talk of a Balvenie whisky being amazing if it was 46% or more, it looks like the 15yo ‘Single Barrel’ is next on my shopping list. At 47.8% Ralfy scores it at 91/100, which is very high from him. It sounds like the Signature on steroids, or at least with the added oomph to make it amazing. Nevertheless I’m looking forward to trying the Signature, which promises to be extremely good.

July 2014 Update – I tried the 15yo ‘Single Barrel’ and I wasn’t impressed, so that’s off the shopping list. In the same tasting I tried the Springbank 10yo which was amazing, and blew the Balvenie out of the water!

Balvenie Signature 12yo 70cl

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