Review #28 | /r/Scotch Review #7 – The Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask
The Schtick: This is an expression from The Balvenie that sees finishing time in a rum cask.
Distiller: The Balvenie
Bottler: The Balvenie
ABV: 43% ABV
Age: 14 Years
Maturation: ex-bourbon | Rum Cask
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
Source: Bottle, Purchased (2015)
Nose: Vanilla, so so much vanilla. There’s also sugar and some caramel wood notes, but the vanilla here is the frontrunner. It’s not massively powerful, I don’t pick it up and think “creme brulee” but there’s magnitudes more vanilla than the other notes and it’s very inviting. I imagine this more as a dessert, after dinner dram and this nose backs that up fully.
Taste: This is a bit spicier than the 12, but there’s also more sweetness. The mouth feel is a bit thinner, but the sweetness comes in a bit quicker as well. I wouldn’t be able to pick this out as a rum matured scotch blind, I don’t think, but the vanilla and sugar are there to guide you into questioning what kind of scotch this truly is. It’s not ordinary, that’s for sure. And there’s something different about it, also for sure.
Finish: It’s a bit longer, and there’s more spice but I’m glad it’s there. Without, this would be a sugar overload, but the spice is there to round it out and remind you that drinking more than a dram or two of this wouldn’t be a good dessert – it’d be a disaster. It’s complex and well rounded, and while it’s a reach for the price, I still don’t regret buying a bottle for my shelf.
Overall: It’s a bit pricier than the 12, and there’s a measure of complexity more but I don’t see this as an everyday dram. You need to be in the mood for it, but when the time is right, this is downright delicious.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists