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Balvenie Caribbean Cask

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 14 Years
43% ABV/86 Proof

What the Distillery Says:
The delicate fresh taste of Caribbean Rum enhances The Balvenie’s vanilla notes in the finishing – whilst adding spicy aromatic qualities to the whisky. Characterised by toffee, vanilla and a hint of fruit.

What Richard Says:
Nose: Vanilla, alcohol dribbled treacle tart, and a roast beef savory note.
Palate: The rum adds a nice sweetness above and beyond the regular Balvenie. Vanilla, honey, and a Cuban guava pastry come to mind.
Finish: The finish starts slow and sweet and builds to a long, dry finish of black peppercorns and oak.
Comments: This isn’t as good as the recent 17 Year Old rum finishes but it is very nice in its own right. Fans of the long gone 17 year expressions and Glenfiddich Gran Reserva might want want to take a look at this one for a less expensive alternative. And in case you’re wondering, this is a whole different animal from the GoldenCask.
Rating: Stands Out

Event Notice: MASC Balvenie Tasting



The next MASC hosted scotch tasting has just been announced.  Here are the details direct from club President Jack Smith.

Scotch Tasting Event

7:00 PM  –  Thursday (6/14/12)  –  7:00 PM

 Event Site:  Freight Kitchen & Tap – 251 E. Main St Woodstock, GA – Ph: (770) 924-0144

Cost:   $30.00 per Scotch Drinker – Appetizers will be served

“Metro Atlanta Scotch Club”

  • Whisky #1    Balvenie PortWood 21 year / Single Malt Scotch Whisky / 40% / Region: Speyside (District: Dufftown) / OB: William Grant & Sons / Average US Retail:  $180 + tax
  • Whisky #2   Balvenie Caribbean Rum Cask 14 year / Single Malt Scotch Whisky / 43% / Region:   Speyside (District: Dufftown) / OB: William Grant & Sons / Average US Retail:  $62
  • Whisky #3   Balvenie Doublewood 12 year / Single Malt Scotch Whisky / 43% ABV / Region: Speyside (District: Dufftown) / OB: William Grant & Sons / Average US Retail:  $51
  • Whisky #4    Littlemill Single Malt / 1990 / 50% ABV / NCF / IB (Jewels of Scotland/Lombard) / LL / $72 
  • Whisky #5   Tullibardine / 1993 / 46% ABV / NCF / IB (Connoisseurs Choice/G&M) / HL (Southern) / $62
  • Whisky #6    Macallan 1700 Series / Director’s Edition / 40% ABV / OB (Edrington Group) / SS (Central) / $80

Drink wisely my friends,


New Releases – August ’10

I’m a little late with August this month. Life outside of Whisk(e)y Apostle has been a little hectic. Here’s what we heard about in August.

Parker’s Heritage Collection, 4th Edition
Timeframe: September 2010
ABV: 65.6%
Price: $79.99
This is the newest release in the acclaimed Parker’s Heritage Collection. This year’s release is a 10 year old wheated bourbon. Heaven Hill began distilling wheated bourbon back in 1999 after they acquired the Old Fitzgerald portfolio. 52 barrels totaling 4,800 bottles are being released so get yours while you can.

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection
There are two releases this year, both 15 years old. One was aged in new toasted French oak casks and the other was aged in used charred American oak casks seasoned with toasted oak chips.
Timeframe: Fall 2010
ABV: 45%
Price: $47/375 ml
I should also note a couple of things about these releases. First, these were both fully matured, not just finished in their respective casks. Second, because these weren’t aged in new charred oak casks these can’t actually be called bourbon. However, they still sound tasty to me!

Canadian Mist Black Diamond
Timeframe: Fall 2010
ABV: 43%
Price: $14.99
This is a new release from Canadian Mist that is supposed to be “a richer, more robust blended Canadian whisky.” Is this CM’s answer to Crown Royal Black?

Glendronach Grandeur
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 45.8%
Price: $700
This is a new 31 year old release from Glendronach. Bottled at cask strength, this looks very interesting if you have the means to afford the bottle.

Glendronach 33 Year Old
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 40%
Price: $379.99
This one is another release from Glendronach and is matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. I’m not sure why the 31 year old is twice the price of the 33 year old but either way they look to be interesting luxury drams.

The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Year Old
Timeframe: September 2010
ABV: 43%
Price: $129.99
This is the latest release in Balvenie’s annual 17 year old releases. This one is finished in casks previously containing exceptionally peaty whisky. Didn’t Glenfiddich do this with Caoran?

The Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
Timeframe: September 2010
ABV: 43%
Price: 59.99
This is a new line extension from Balvenie with their lovely whisky finished in Caribbean rum casks. They’ve had a Golden Rum finished Travel Retail Only bottling at 14 years old for a while. I wonder if this is the same thing released to the masses?

That’s it for August. Balvenie, Glendronach, and Buffalo Trace led the way this month. I also heard about a couple of Benromach releases in their Origins line but no word yet on whether they are coming stateside. As always, if I missed anything please let me know.

Drink wisely my friends,