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Balvenie 15-year-old

Overall rating
89.79/100
votes
143
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Barrel - Sherry Cask
Bottled
21.12.2015
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
2806
Number of bottles
650
Strength
47.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L34Z4946211214:29:22
Barcode
5010327524580
Added on
31 Jan 2016 6:25 pm by rottendon
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 124.79

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 15-year-old

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.79 points

  1. Vince' scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: dark amber / mahogany and damn oily in the glass ...
    Nose: Without holding your nose over the glass, the intense sherry aroma is in the room just after pouring. A full, intense intense sherry aroma hits the nose, raisins and plum jam mix with a slight Lovage note and a well-integrated acid and oak tones. Holla the forest fairy, where I can smell forever. The barrel must have been outstanding. 15 years? In the nose he always looks older. In the second attempt the association of a cigar box or tobacco and leather comes to my mind, accompanied by dark chocolate, sour cherry and again plum jam / raisins. This beautiful spicy old and sour vinous note of sherry gives a wonderful overall picture. So far damn good and exactly my case. In the course, this wine-like fruity / acidic old sherry note increases and gives the emerging tart wood note a good antagonist.
    Taste: What a wonderful mouth-to-mouth. Only strong spicy with pleasant tingles, there is a taste explosion of old sour / fruity sherry with all the taste associations of old wet wood, leather and tobacco so beloved by me. Strongly spicy, the drops remain throughout the mouth and the long finish is characterized by strong cocoa and a lot of espresso. The associations of tobacco / leather remain in the mouth for a long time and occupy the tongue as well as a slight residual acid reminiscent of sour cherry. Damn, I'm blown away from the part. The second sip is no less outstanding and gives at the beginning a sweet fruit note with tart oak and roasted flavors, which blends in wonderfully with the already mentioned taste associations. An excellent drop that really sweetened my evening!
    Conclusion: Would I cover my self-imposed budget for the drop? Definitely YES, the drop is easily comparable to excellent Oloroso Sherry Single Cask bottlings from GlenDronach from 18 years upwards. And that even without being bottled in cask strength.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A great whisky dominated by intense sherry! Intense berries, roasted aromas and nuts blend with spicy and tart wood notes. A great malt, I like it very much.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Oily and viscous drops dissolve out of the streaks sticking to the glass wall. Sweet and intense berries slowly emerge from the glass, subtle roasted aromas mingle with a hint of pine needles and resin. Spicy wood mixes with dried fruits, a subtle orange aroma becomes more intense. A handful of nuts and almonds fall into rum pickled fruits. Sweet caramel and toffee ends in a subtle hint of vanilla, toasted aromas rise from lightly burnt butter. The forest aroma slowly returns, pine needles and resin now dominate the nose, while a beguiling blend of butter, caramel, dried fruits and milk chocolate whet the appetite for the first sip.
    • Taste
      The first impression is clear and watery, then the full force of the blind sample unloads on the tongue and on the palate. Dark and intense wood tones, pine needles, sulfur and black pepper spread in the mouth and exude a bitter and subtly bitter aroma. A hint of campfire is created, glowing embers on the tongue, then spicy notes and a hint of walnuts. The second sip is more woody and intense, with a return to the dried berries and fine roasted aromas. Creamy, the blindsample now spreads a wonderful and plump warmth. Dry wood elements, dark caramel and chocolate end in a subtly sharp alcohol. Again a small fire burns on the tongue, a pinch of white pepper makes the lips glow. With tart wood and walnut flavors, the taste goes into the finish.
    • Finish
      With a subtle sharpness on the tongue, the finish starts. Dark and dry woody aromas now dominate the finish while dried berries and dark caramel make their way through the spicy wood. The dark caramel and the toffee make the tart wood elements creamy and supple, slightly resinous ending the finish.

  3. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The whisky is to my liking. Excellent nose. The palate could be a bit fuller. 89 points.
    • Nose
      A sherry wall! Plum jam. Raisins. Oak. Very intensive. Chocolate coated nuts. A trace of sulfur. Prickly pears. Toasted wood. Stir-fried leather. Maple syrup. Now something sweet comes through. Some wine gum. Oak becomes clearer and warmer.
    • Taste
      Sweet at first, then a little drier. Leather, old cherries. Sulfur. Chocolate. Fresh plums. Modriges Nachschmecken with cherry, sulfur and leather. However, a little less intense than hoped. The second sip is more kräutriger and drier.
    • Finish
      Long, musty. Cherry.

  4. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sherry bomb
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    2801, 2805, 2806, 2807 have very similar profile as expected. Beautiful sherry with all dark fruits orange toffee figs leather chocolate but very balanced with fruits and sweetness. They are all excellent, maybe I like 2805 a bit more thanks to its nice sweetness.

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Holbech scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Ed Radour scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

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