Reviews: Balvenie Caribbean Rum Cask and Balvenie Peated Cask
Two new ones from Balvenie.
Balvenie Caribbean Rum Cask, 14 year old, 43%, $60
A new addition to the permanent Balvenie range. Lovely bright gold color. Layers of sweetness (the characteristic Balvenie honey, along with vanilla fudge, nougat and rich toffee) peppered with dried spice and a hint of tropical fruit (papaya, guava, tangerine). Great viscosity with good grip on the finish. I really like the balance in this whisky—nice complexity too! A very solid effort and the price is right.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 89
Balvenie Peated Cask, 17 year old, 43%, $130
The newest release in Balvenie’s limited-edition range, and the first venture back into smoke since the “Islay Cask” limited release several years ago. Some of this whisky was finished in a peated cask, some in new American oak. Both influences emerge with the smoke (jerky with a hint of kippers) and spice (cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg) on a foundation of honeyed malt. Spicy, smoky finish. Balvenie is one of those big Speyside whiskies that can stand up to the smoke. This one will not appeal to everyone, but it makes for an interesting diversion.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 85