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Balvenie 15 Year Old

Good, but relatively uninteresting

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@DellnolaReview by @Dellnola

1st Dec 2010


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Cask Number: 2839 Bottle Number: 97

Nose: Heavy wood influence, pie crusts, underripe satsumas. Fairly sweet. For me, the nose is the best part.

Palate: Once again lots of wood, sugar and spice, maple. It's a bit like young brandy. If I hold the whisky in my mouth long enough, a faint bit of musty flavor appears. Very faint, but a little off-putting.

Finish: No real development, the flavor just sort of fades.

This is unfortunate. The whisky should be much better, especially given the fact that they apparently put so much effort into it. It's not bad, it's just not very interesting. It seems that the more drams of this I have, the more boring it gets.

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jwise commented

That's too bad. I really enjoy my bottle (different cask). I have the exact opposite reaction to my 15yr, as it is a VERY interesting dram.

10 years ago 0

Dellnola commented

Just finished my bottle of this today and I warmed up to it a bit. The wood was unusually too overpowering to me and water really helped tone it down. Obviously my bottle could be very different from yours, jwise, since my bottle came from a different cask.

Also, I feel that my rating was too low and too harsh. For this review I used a 10 point scale and usually I use a 100 point scale, which I've shamelessly copied from Ralfy and others like him. New rating: 80/100.

10 years ago 0

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