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Balvenie whisky reviews

Balvenie distillery
Speyside region
Founded in 1892, currently active
Owned by William Grant & Sons
www.thebalvenie.com

The Balvenie 10y Founder’s Reserve (43%, OB 2006) – 83/100

Balvenie 12 yo Single Barrel (47,8%, OB 2013, first fill bourbon cask #12742) – 82/100

Balvenie 21y PortWood (40%, OB 2006) – 83/100

The Balvenie 30y ‘Thirty’ (47,3%, OB 2004) – 87/100

Balvenie 14 yo ‘Cuban Selection’ (43%, OB 2009) – 83/100

Balvenie 14y ‘Roasted Malt’ (47,1%, OB 2006) – 78/100

Balvenie 12y ‘Signature’ (40%, OB 2008, batch n°1) – 87/100

Balvenie ‘Tun 1401’ (50,6%, OB 2011, batch 2, around 3000 btl.) – 91/100

Balvenie ‘Tun 1401’ (50,1%%, OB 2012, batch 5, 2862 btl.) – 91/100

Balvenie ‘Tun 1401’ (49,8%, OB 2012, batch 6, 2500 btl.) – 88/100

Balvenie Tun 1401 (50,2%, OB 2013, batch 8, 2.700 btl.) – 92/100

Balvenie ‘Tun 1509’ (47,1%, OB 2014, batch 1) – 90/100

Balvenie ‘Tun 1858’ (50,4%, OB 2012, batch #1, Taiwan) – 90/100

Burnside 25 yo 1989 (50,9%, Maltbarn 2014, bourbon cask, 167 btl.) – 88/100

Burnside 24 yo 1989 (51,7%, Whiskybase 2014, barrel #12452, 207 btl.) – 88/100

4th Confidential Cask, 20 yo 1993 (50,3%, Kintra 2013, bourbon hogshead #1791, 295 btl.) – 84/100

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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1659 notes by Ruben

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