The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14-Year Old Single Malt Review

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14-year-old single malt is one of the first Scotches I purchased.  I’ve heard good things about The Balvenie’s core range, and I find the process of “finishing” whisky interesting.  Here we have a whisky that’s aged 14 years in “traditional oak whisky casks,” then finished in ex-Caribbean rum casks.  There’s no official note on how long the whisky is finished in these rum barrels, but I’m guessing it’s just a few months.

The sweet and spicy rum notes are prominently showcased on the nose, followed by toffee, fresh fruit and slight maltiness. Taste-wise, I get some vanilla, toffee, slight roasted coffee bean, fruit and some oak spice.  At 43% abv, this whisky has a fuller mouthfeel than the 12-year-old DoubleWood.  The spicy and dry notes carry over into the medium length finish.  Very nice.

Overall, nice.  Sweet nose and palate, with a nice amount of spiciness and dryness on the finish.  Because of the unique rum cask finishing process, this a different style of whisky than the 12-year-old DoubleWood, but I enjoyed it much more.  If you want a great representation of the house style of the Balvenie, this is not where you want to start.  Go with the 12-year-old or 17-year-old, or even a single cask release.  Nonetheless, it’s a great whiskey that won’t break the bank at around $60.


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