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Balvenie 15 Year Old

Warm, Sweet, and Elegant Speysider

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@rwbenjeyReview by @rwbenjey

22nd Dec 2010


Balvenie 15 Year Old
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The first scent I noticed upon opening the bottle was fresh apple. After getting closer to the glass, I picked up notes of sweet barley, spice, and after a few minutes of opening up, a decent amount of honey and oak.

When it first hits the tongue, the honey is dominant, followed by sweet barley, baked apple, oak, salt, and seaweed (hardly any sherry, like it's younger brother, the DoubleWood). This whisky is rich and rather smooth. Seaweed, apple, and oak linger, leading to a very fresh finish (and slightly sour). This would be a great scotch for the Fall : )

I like this a little better than the DoubleWood.

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jwise commented

"This whisky is rich rather than smooth." That comment was SPOT ON! I really enjoy this whisky, and refer to it as the quintessential Scotch whisky. A perfect single malt scotch, offering enough to satisfy palates across a wide range.

I hope you enjoy your bottle as much as I enjoy mine!

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