Giving each whiskey (and whisky) I try a final grade, but only after reaching the bottom of the bottle. After all, just one drink is never enough!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Single Malt Scotch
Credit goes to my wife for selecting and bringing home this single malt Scotch. I've always been a fan of rum (I fell in love with Appletons when I visited Jamaica). So, she thought it only made sense that I might like a Scotch that had been aged in rum barrels. She couldn't have been more right.
It doesn't come on strong when you first sip it. However, it quickly fills your mouth with hints of vanilla and cinnamon mixed with undertones of citrus. The influence of the rum casks provides just enough spice to make you notice it, but not enough that I would consider this a "spicy" Scotch. It finishes with a strong vanilla sweetness that I didn't entirely expect.
I couldn't keep this bottle long enough, as I found I couldn't settle for just one glass. This is a great bottle, and I definitely recommend it to anyone that prefers that mixture of vanilla and spice. It's also one of those bottles that only gets better after opening. While the first pour was good, the latter pours were excellent!
This is one of those bottles where I was truly sad when I got to the bottom.
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