Balvenie 1952 - Cask 191

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
50 years old
Sherry Oak
Number of bottles
45.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Aug 2009 3:49 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 39500.00

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 1952 - Cask 191

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.75 points

  1. Allandale scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Body: Light,drying. Inky texture.
    • Nose
      Heavy dark red fruits. Plum strudel, dusted with cinnamon. Evoked images of cafes in Vienna. Very nice. Complex. 
    • Taste
      More plums. Passion fruit. Woody tannins. Iron-like flavours weigh down the palate. Spicy notes also. Complex. Beautiful.
    • Finish
      Quite bitter and astringent .

  2. XorLophaX scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 98/100 points - "whisky legend". Wow, what an experience. The old Balvenie is very intense and complex, but despite the noticeable wood influence very round and fruity. One can deal with smelling for hours and by the time in the air, more and more fruit notes open. Complex and rich in the mouth, sherry-rich and bombastic full-bodied and syrupy. The finish is for me the weakest part, but incomparably long and chocolaty. Link to the tasting on my blog: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/264
    • Nose
      Wow, what a dense, intense and complex nose. Full of pickled fruits. Cherries and plums in rum pot. A slightly vanilla note follows the caramel, woody sweetness. This sweet fruitiness is stunning and the wood influence more subtle than expected, if present.
    • Taste
      What an overwhelming complexity, that's insanity. The syrupy whisky tastes of raisins, toffee, honey sweetness and a nutty-dry woodiness. Later a lot of dark chocolate and some orange peel, as well as a hint of nutmeg.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and very sherrylastig. Lots of dark chocolate and nut. Leaves a dry, woody mouthfeel. Very complex and intense.

  3. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Comments and Tasting Notes by Balvenie;

      Cask 191

    AGED 50 YEARSOn the 6th September 2002 our last cask from the 1950s, Cask 191, was emptied for bottling and only 83 bottles of precious liquid were forthcoming at a strength of 45.1% abv ~ the smallest ever release of The Balvenie. This sherry cask had lain in our warehouse since the 26th January 1952. The lengthy influence of both sherry and oak produced a single malt with a complex nose, intense with toffee, marzipan, sweet oak, raisins and nuts. The depth of flavour is remarkable, developing from butterscotch sweet to clover honey, liquorice and chocolate elegantly balanced with drying oak and spice.


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