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This review is from a bar sample and unfortunately I did not get the cask number for this "single barrel" product.
Nose: caramel, light lemon, light grape-wine flavour, mild to moderate intensity
Taste: intense grapefruit, lemon, sherry, and caramel give a strong palatal greeting together. This is the most citrus I have ever experienced in my mouth from a whisky. After a few seconds sherry wine flavour becomes rather strong. Alcohol is quite noticeable here, more so than I would expect at 47.8% ABV.
Finish: the grapefruit lasts long before finishing on sweet sherry, sour citrus, and a hint of chocolate.
Balance: this is a so-so combination of flavours here that is ok, but won't draw me back anytime soon. I gather that other single barrels of Balvenie 15 have had very different flavour profiles from this one. Many connosr reviewers don't like heavy citrus in their malts-- I can see why. The citrus demands the attention without giving much pleasure.