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Balvenie 15-year-old

Overall rating
87.37/100
votes
44
Whiskybase ID
WB96160
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Barrel - Sherry Cask
Bottled
04.2017
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
2058
Number of bottles
800
Strength
47.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L34B4277050406:56:15
Barcode
5010327524580
Added on
10 may 2017 9:48 pm by dramark
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159.00

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 15-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.37 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Today I once again had a 15-year Balvenie from a single cask in the glass and again I had almost the same taste experience as with the other bottlings. These bottlings are characterized by an intense and spicy wood and forest aroma. Dark berries, oranges, caramel, chocolate and coffee refine the spicy notes of wood. A perfect malt from a sherry cask! 90 points!
    • Nose
      Tough and oily streaks stick to the glass wall. In slow motion, syrupy drops are released from the streaks and slowly find their way back into the glass. Strong and intense the Balvenie shimmers amber in the glass, dark sherry aromas stand out of the glass. With these wonderful impressions begins the tasting of the 15-year-old Balvenie from a single cask. I close my eyes ... Dried berries and grapes mix with roasted aromas and fresh sawdust at first, milk chocolate is dotted with sweet caramel and ends in a sweet and fruity blend. Slowly, the alcohol content is noticeable, thick honey drips on intensively scented orange slices, a subtle note of coffee is noticeable. The fruit flavors become more intense, pine needles and a few drops of resin exude a scent of forest in the evenings. There are fir trees around me, the forest floor is steaming and branches crack in the dusk. Caramel and dried berries suddenly leave my thoughts, peach and apricot emit a wonderfully fruity aroma. My salivation is stimulated massively, I long eagerly after the first sip.
    • Taste
      Resinous and spicy, the first sip flows creamy over the tongue. Fruity wood aromas and pine needles fill the palate, creating a subtle wooden sharpness. The sharpness is intensified, a pinch of white pepper spreads on the tongue. Slowly, the heat fades and dried orange flavors stick to the tongue. Dark berries and grapes mix with subtle sharpness, dark and old caramel comes to light. From sweet milk chocolate has long become dark dark chocolate, freshly brewed espresso is distributed discreetly bitter on the tongue. Old and wet leather flavors mingle with the intense espresso note, the peppery sharpness lies discreetly in the background and flashes occasionally. With sharp woody aromas and a fine bitter note, the taste goes slowly into the finish.
    • Finish
      The sharpness still sticks between the tongue and the palate. The espresso flavors are still very present, spicy oak and pine needles follow. The dark fruit flares flash again, chocolate and dark caramel finely round off the bitter note. For a long time the wood and forest aromas remain in memory and sound only very slow and leisurely.

  2. tommy12 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    great, complex, single malt, worlds better (and of course more expensive) than the Balvenie 12 Double Cask, which is too trivial for me. The Balvenie 15 years is even better for me because of the very intense flavors, as some clearly older Malts (eg Glenfarclas 21 and 25 or Glenlivet Archive 21), the more pleasing and therefore something for beginners.
    • Nose
      very pleasant sweetish smell of sherry, not quite as intense as expected
    • Taste
      Alcohol - well integrated, should not be more; can tolerate a few drops of water. Soft, round, velvety, creamy at first (reminiscent of Signet, but with more "boobs"), slightly sherry.
    • Finish
      In the finish suddenly a lot of oak (espresso), peppery pungency, very long, yummy.

  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: dark amber / copper

    - a top single barrel bottling
    - very great taste experience
    - in a direct comparison a little behind the
    Single barrels: 11269 and 17925
    - for about 100 € a good price, the supposedly high price
    is made by the high level is superior
    Quality confirmed
    • Nose
      very intense smell of sherry, dark berries, orange, raisins, sweet grapes, no alcohol recognizable, oak, only nice pleasant notes
    • Taste
      a lot of sherry in the velvety soft start, very soft, super sweetish fruity aroma, smell confirmed with dark berries, orange, cinnamon, a lot of sweetness and light dark chocolate aromas on the palate
    • Finish
      very long creamy finish;
      extremely long, super fruity aftertaste,
      fruity dry sherry and dark chocolate linger a long time

  4. ThorstenH scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Wood notes are very much in the foreground. After 30 minutes in the glass much fuller and sweeter.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. schengel10 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This Balvenie shows all facets of a sherry butt made of European oak.
    Powerful, intense, great sherry flavors, a TOP MALT!
    Value for money: ok
    [Color] bright copper;
    • Nose
      Berries, orange peel, sherry, sweet, vanilla, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      oily, powerful, spicy, peppery; Honey, lots of sherry, oranges, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, lots of oak, complex;
    • Finish
      fairly long and creamy on the finish, sherry, walnuts; aftertaste: oak, cocoa;

  6. Casketje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. gopro scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

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

  8. gopro scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

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

  9. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    No question: a great whisky from the already upscale segment ... and still have me three different Casks not so 100% convinced. For 90 € you get in my opinion even better and even a Glendronach Allardice (the one still got 2018 for 57 €) is in my opinion no worse.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well matured sherried whisky!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Heavy fruity and spicy sherry notes. A little bit of an alcohol nip, but that will disappear after a little while.
      It has a clear nose of good sherry matured whisky, iittle hay and sawdust in the background.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and round. A nice oily mouthfeel. Quite some remarkable sherry notes. A lot of raspberry's and other dried red fruit. Little hay on the background. Very sweet and fruity.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length. Again clearly sherried. Leaves quite some oil coated mouthfeel. Overall it has a pleasing bitter-sweet taste with some raspberry notes.

  11. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A good clean well rounded Balvenie sherry cask.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Bona scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nice sherry Balvenie, but already very spicy. Could be a few years older too, a lot of oak. Alk not quite perfectly integrated in the nose. Nice finish.
    • Nose
      In addition to Alk, Sherry jumps immediately. Dark fruits, raisins, a little orange but as well described by Didi also forest. Clear fir and old wood, a bit decrepit.
    • Taste
      Sweet but spicy oak, coffee, raisins, figs, oranges. A few berries join. Also somewhat waxy and forest honey.
    • Finish
      relatively long, again a bit musty. Oak and coffee. A touch of cocoa powder and again dark fruit notes.

  13. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a good balvenie with a good harmony.

    88/100
    • Nose
      slightly sour sherry profile with dried fruits and fresh berries. also a little citrus! a pleasant little bit of rubber, earth. hints of a coal fire.
    • Taste
      very harmonious, just the right sweetness against the slightly sour fruitiness of oranges. figs , perhaps some dates. slightly astringent when it becomes a little dryer after ca. ten seconds.
    • Finish
      medium, could be a little longer. still on fruits and wood spices

  15. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful Sherrynase, could also be smooth even 6 years older from the nose. He convinces me for a 14y Malt on the whole line! Great malt
    • Nose
      Nice oily he lies with the great color in the glass. Immediately full voluminous ripe sherry aromas, dates, figs, dried fruit and Rumrosienen, a very slight tingling of 47.5%. This is followed by a light malting note and nutty oak. Everything is very soft and balanced but with a lot of volume. Over time, the leathery flavors get through and, despite that, it remains extremely fruity. After a good 15 minutes, the aromas become a little lighter and fresher, after cherries and blackberries, but also musty wood notes pave the way. Class nose
    • Taste
      Full and tender, it runs on the tongue, oily and with a full body that is not quite as fruity but rather malty. Clearly, the nutty flavors come through until they become someday Ledrig. There is no trace of tannins and the alcohol is also nicely integrated
    • Finish
      The finish is astringent and is mainly carried by malty walnut flavors, which in the end change into roasted coffee and tart oak flavors. He feels very warm in the throat but is rather medium long

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