The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year

Whisky: Speyside, Single Malt Scotch
Aged: 14 years in Caribbean rum casks
Bottled At: 43%

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Some people want the peat and intense smokiness that you get from the Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Talisker, others want a smooth, sweeter dram when they relax.

The Balvenie is a Speyside scotch so if you’re looking for peat, you’re out of luck. But if you want a smooth dram on a warm summer day, this might be the one for you.

At 43%, the Caribbean Cask packs enough punch that it’s not watery, and but at the same time doesn’t punch you in the face with intense the intense burn from alcohol.

 

Review:

Color: Light Honey

Nose: Raisins, honey, and soft vanilla with notes of toffee all blend together creating a very soft and inviting nose. 

Palate: Light bodied with a milky mouthfeel. Molasses, bananas, and cinnamon lead the way as soft oak and toffee build in the middle. Leading to a smooth, drying finish that leaves lingering molasses and cinnamon.

All the flavors in this dram blend together very cohesively to create a light and smooth flavor that invites you to have another sip. No one flavor sticks out or seems out of place.

Rating: 88/100

Recommendation: Should try. 

While I wouldn’t make this my go-to whisky when it’s -15 degrees outside, I could easily see myself pulling this out on a warm summer day by the pool.

Overall if you’re new to scotch this is one whisky I would recommend you try. It doesn’t burn and it doesn’t feature the intense smokiness that turns off a lot of younger drinkers. But it is a good representation of a fairly complex scotch that is enjoyable and easy to drink.

If you want the intense smoke and salt you might not to like this one.

A note on our rating scale:

Ratings are taken based on the views of the taster, but examine the whisky based on its classification. Our rating scale is as follows

Less than 50: Below average

50-70: Average

70-80: Good

80-90: Very Good

90-100: Excellent

 

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