A Pirate’s Life For Me

Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of…whisky! This expression is all about one thing (and it’s in the name) – the Caribbean. Tonight, I found myself craving a dram that compliments the beautiful spring weather but has me anxiously awaiting the warm summer nights and the Balvenie Carribbean Cask 14 year old was the answer. This whisky isn’t new to the market – it was introduced in 2012. However, I am just as impressed every time I enjoy it as I was the first-time I tasted it years ago.

This perfectly matured whisky was aged in traditional oak casks for 14 years and then finished in casks that previously held Caribbean rum. Unlike most whisky producers who finish their product in rum casks with no knowledge of what rum was in the barrel prior, Malt Master David Stewart filled the American oak casks with his own blend of select West Indian rums. When he deemed the casks to be ready for the malt, the rum inside was replaced with the 14-year-old spirit for the finishing process.

I found it quite interesting that the bottle didn’t describe this story of Mr. Stewart filling the casks with his own blend of rums. It’s stories like these that make me appreciate being in this industry and learning the details and effort put into the craftmanship that are rarely spoken about.

It was time for me to navigate this malt…

The nose is sweet with aromas of tropical fruit, cola, honey and a hint of grape. The initial taste speaks to the nose – fruity and sweet but oaky notes were extremely evident right away.

The more I continued drinking, the more I enjoyed this dram. My mind toggled between being whisked away on a private island watching the sunset with a lover to being a pirate, celebrating on the high seas after discovering a treasure of gold (this whisky that is).

This expression is well rounded and warm. The perfect dram for day or night and one I would highly suggest to my fellow whisky woman who enjoy rich and sweet flavors.

There are a number of single malts & blends available which have been aged/finished in Caribbean casks. The Balvenie 14 year old could be my ‘holy grail’.

Fair winds my friends!



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We’re so happy to see you here. We’re Lauren Mayer and Gabby Shayne and we are The Whisky Sisters! We aren’t the first women you’d expect to challenge your knowledge of whisky, but that’s exactly what you get when you meet us!

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Hi guys! My name is Gabby and I am thirty-two years old. I’ve been working in the liquor industry since 2007 after graduating from The University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). I’m currently single (actively searching for my whisky companion) and live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with my Goldendoodle pup Lucy.

I’m adventurous, fun and have a passion for whisky. I love traveling, cooking, being active (yoga, biking, and a good gym session), relaxing at the beach and enjoying time with family and friends. I immerse myself in the hospitality side of our business and with an abundance of interesting stuff going on in our industry, I can’t wait to share it with you!


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