Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask

Balvenie 14 CC

I enjoy a serving a rum occasionally when I need to switch things up and wanted to see how the cask finish would affect a scotch.

Paid: $70 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 14 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in Rum casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn



Color: Gold with orange hues

Nose: Tropical fruits and faint sugarcane from the rum cask is apparent to me. Vanilla and coconut are the dominant scents that I detect.

Taste: Exceptionally smooth, usually I like a bit more bite to my whisky but I enjoy this. Vanilla crème, toffee, coconut and maybe a hint of lime?

Finish: The rum shows up in the finish with complements of oak, banana, and a slight warmth.

Overall: Gentle. Smooth. This is a tropical scotch good that’s easy to drink and enjoy with a group of friends that aren’t whisky nerds. The only thing I disliked were the banana notes in the finish.

Score: 81/100

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