Blind Tasting Competition 6 – Balvenie Triple Cask 16yo, 40%

Another day, another random guess. I found this whisky particularly generic. Without being disrespectful, that usually sends me to Speyside, especially since there is quite a lot of sherry casks being filled around there. Some distilleries thrive on that (Glenfarclas and Glen Grant come to mind).

On the palate I thought this one had quite some age to it. I guessed 20, so I was just far enough off to not get any points on that. Just the region this time. It is a rather full flavoured dram, which made me guess at a higher ABV than it actually is.

Balvenie Triple Cask, 16yo. Image from Whiskybase

Balvenie Triple Cask, 16yo. Image from Whiskybase

Barbecue briquettes at first, the kind that have been used for a couple of times so there is some grease burned into them. Also sherry and banana. Rather light but rich. Sour cherries, some oak and if you leave it for a couple of minutes, milk chocolate.

The palate is a bit thin with a touch of spice. Some sherry in there, but rather musty. I don’t think this is too old and the flavour is a bit ‘generic’. I can’t pin down in what direction I should be searching.

The finish has fruit cake. The sponge cake base with whipped cream and tinned fruit on top (without the tin…). Syrupy.

This is a strange one. At first I wasn’t overly thrilled but as it sat airing a bit, it got better by the minute. The nose had a slight weirdness on the barbecue briquettes. Usually I don’t mind a bit of barbecue flavours in booze. However, this time it didn’t match with the rest.

I went for a Glen Grant at 20 years old and 48%. I’m not sure if such a whisky exists, but I’m not sure whether or not it matters if it actually is a whisky with my kind of guessing.

Anyway, a decent dram, but not one for the wish list.

Balvenie Triple Cask 16yo, 40%, usually around € 80

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Blind Tasting Competition 6 – Balvenie Triple Cask 16yo, 40%

  1. John Alred says:

    Have to agree. Tried this one in a duty-free staned in Scotland, walked away confused.

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