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

Sniff:
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.

Sip:
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.

Swallow:
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 a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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One 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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