Happy New Year! I am very much looking forward to this New Year and will be kicking off the first blog of 2015 with Balvenie’s 14 year-old Caribbean Cask. My intro to this brand was with Balvenie PortWood 21 year-old and that was followed by the amazing Balvenie DoubleWood 17 year-old.
To read more info about the brand you can click on the links above, but to add, Balvenie is a brand you can’t go wrong with. I have not had a bad Balvenie yet and yes, that includes the 14 year-old Caribbean Cask.
This single malt spends 14 years maturing in traditional oak whisky casks. It is then transferred into casks, which previously held Caribbean Rum for its finish. The rum casks not only enhance the sweetness of the whisky but it also created a beautiful balance and marriage between all the notes. It was a perfect combination for this Caribbean gal.
Nose: sweet, passion fruit and toffee
Palate: creamy, vanilla, sweet, fruit (guava) and hints of spices
Finish: smooth creamy finish with end notes of vanilla
Overall I found this whisky to be extremely tasty. The notes harmoniously blend together. The rum doesn’t come out strongly in the notes; it just blends in and enhances the flavor of this great whisky. It is a whisky I would definitely recommend trying. The added bonus is that it very well priced. A bottle would cost $60-$69. It’s a great price for a very solid whisky.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.