Balvenie 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Barrel - Sherry Cask
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry Cask
47.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Jan 2018 5:31 pm by st7
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 110.15

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 15-year-old

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.80 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    As a single cask expression, Balvenie 15 year old will also come with some innate level of batch variance. This particular batch is not the best I’ve tried, nor the worse – there’s oodles of berry fruitiness here, and some good impact from spicing, though personally I found this was at its best with both a short (10 minute) period of resting, and with a few drops of water to take the slightly astringent edge off the cask influence.

    • Nose
      Some slightly unexpected feints when initially pouring this – though they dissipate entirely with a short resting period (I’m certain this is just an idiosyncrasy of my sample). Lots of berries - redcurrants, raspberries and blackcurrants – mostly fresh, though with some reduced jamminess also. Deeper aromas of plums and damsons, raisins and toffee are joined by baking spiced and some light wet soil earthiness. In the background, toasted bready and nuttiness - peanuts in fact (unsalted). The addition of water adds some cake elements, and a touch of chocolate. It also further pronounces the berry elements.
    • Taste
      Rich and quite syrupy. Again this is a berry fest - cranberries, strawberries and cream raspberries (raspberry ripple - don’t mind if I do thanks). More on the reduced side of things now – jams, preserves, compotes and sauces. There’s chocolate, cake and toffee here - all rather sweet, all rather tasty. Sweetness is tempered by cask influence which in this instance has some big cinnamon and some light pepper adding bitterness. Water reduces the texture of the fruits from syrupy into a lovely refreshing juiciness, it also takes the edge of the bitter spicing.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, quite drying and with peppery spicing.


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