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Balvenie 15 Year Old

Rich, but not complex.

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@DougfulReview by @Dougful

2nd Nov 2010


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The 15 year expression from The Balvenie is from a single bourbon cask and is bottled at a higher strength. I have found that right around 48% is about the ideal strength for me. After My experience with the quality of the 12 year double wood, I was excited to give this one a try.

Nose: About the sweetest nose I've ever smelled. Honey, raw malt extract, very faint pear and almond. Not complex.

Palate: Sweet, juicy, and tannic. Honey, and malt. I love this ones mouth feel. It's like biting into a perfectly ripe peach, but but not tasting like one.

Finish: Oatmeal, the sweetness fades. A nice Dalwhinnie-like white pepper alcohol tingle on the tongue. Then paper and straw. I found the finish rather flat minus the tingle.

After the roller coaster ride of the double wood, I was disappointed to find the expression one-sided. The label on the box describes it as "Rich and complex." I found it to only be the former. I liked the mouth feel, but that is about all it had to offer.

If you want to try something similar to this but infinitely more interesting I would recommend the The Glenlivet Nadurra.

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jwise commented

Which cask # did your bottle come out of?

10 years ago 0

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