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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    The carribean cask is really great, but my favorite has been the Madeira Cask 17 y.o. Figures the one I like was a limited offering they made years ago. But I have enough stored up in the closet to keep me going for a few years.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Lagavulin 16 is $85 here if you can find it.
    Quote Originally Posted by T Comp View Post
    And Lag 16 at $65 good price...$80 here.

    It's permanently on sale at a local store (which ships, in case anyone reading this is afflicted with even worse pricing). The price varies, but it's always $65 or a bit less. A real moderately sherried, peaty oasis in the desert of DC status symbol pricing.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    The only Balvenie I've tried is the 12 year double wood. I find it very unrefined compared to other entry level sherried whiskeys. Pitting it against Glendronach 12 in a tasting was like leading it to the slaughter. If it weren't labeled a 12 year I would never believe it was. I also find the pricing strange because it it always costs either $42 or $65. Other scotches can also vary wildly in price, but usually there's some kind of spectrum. DW12 is either one or the other.

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    Agreed that the 'Dronach 12 outshines the Balvenie 12's. To me, the best Balvenie value in recent years has been the TUN releases (unless you get a killer deal on a mispriced bottle or on sale).

    Another expression I liked was the Cuban Selection 14 - somebody brought some back from France and that was an easy drinker to tickle the sweet tooth.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    the best Balvenie value in recent years has been the TUN releases
    Haha...when a $200+ bottle is a value, you must be living well! I've bought a couple, but they were at the high end of what I consider spending for any bottle.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    Quote Originally Posted by Trey Manthey View Post
    Haha...when a $200+ bottle is a value, you must be living well! I've bought a couple, but they were at the high end of what I consider spending for any bottle.
    didn't say it was a good value... just the "best value" out of the Balvenie range imho



    and no, not livin' large neither ;-)

    i do love the TUN1401#3 though...
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    I enjoy Balvenie for what it is...a competitively priced single malt with some sweeter and easier notes.

    12 year DW - Entry level scotch...and can be bought for $30 around here.
    12 year Signature - A bit spicier and doesn't have the sweeter sherry influence. I dig it for $37.
    15 year Single Barrel - A very nicely balanced dram. I really like it, but it might be a bit overpriced around here at $64-70.
    17 year Madeira - One of the more complex Balvenie's out there. Good balance as well. I know where to get one for $90 around here and I keep debating whether or not to get it.
    17 Year Peat - I'm not a big big peat fan, but this one blends it well with the Speyside base. Not really my thing for $130, but it goes on sale around here for $75 every so often. That's a good price for it.
    21 Year Portwood - Very rich and you can really get the port influence. I've only had it once and I won't say that it's worth $200+, but it's a damn fine dram.
    TUN 1401 Batch 3 - Simply put...the finest whiskey I've ever tasted...bourbon, scotch or irish. It might even be better than any tequila I've ever had although it's hard to compare. I don't EVER pay $200+ for a bottle of anything. This is the first spirit of any kind that I've decided was worth it.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    Wish I could find a Maderia Cask around here for that price! I haven't seen any here for a long time and my bunker is getting a little light on this one.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    Wish I had any of those prices around here.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 06/2013: The Balvenie

    Somewhat higher around here as well.

 

 

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