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Balvenie 15 Year Old

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@jwiseReview by @jwise

3rd Mar 2010

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On the nose, aromas of sweet vanilla, honey, and ripe fruits come out alongside the rawness of the malt. The aromas foreshadow this to be a great whisky, and I'm glad to say it doesn't disappoint!

The first taste that hits the tongue is the peppery goodness. It tingles the mouth, and fills the cheeks with flavor. This is not a whisky that has been blended into obscurity, or mixed into mediocrity. This whisky is poured from a Single Barrel, yielding 350 bottles of uniqueness. The 15yr Single Barrel offering from The Balvenie is a superb example of what a whisky can be.

The finish is pretty long, with just a bit of citrus on the end (which I could do without). The pepper comes back (did it really ever leave?)

The body is a solid medium, really filling the mouth.

This is a whisky that every scotch-lover could get behind. Whatever your particular tastes, this whisky can bring something that sets it apart, and pleases the palate. Whether your whisky cabinet is small or large, this bottling can bring a uniqueness that would be welcome to all!

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@jwise
jwise commented

Cask # 4628.

10 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

I am enjoying this whisky again tonight! It is getting dangerously close to the bottom of the bottle, but alas, I need to thin the herd. This one is on the chopping block, with no plans to re-stock until a few more bottles are taken down.

This bottle has been open for a year now, so it seems right that it is time for it to go. Whisky can't last forever...

As I sit here sipping this fine dram, I nod in agreement to the words I used to describe it nearly a year ago. That finish! Amazingly long and complex, with pepper and fruit (citrus and otherwise) coming out. Really fantastic....

10 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

The last of the bottle is in the glass.

10 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

THIS is whisky. Full. Rich. Robust. Offensively delicious. It dares the imbiber to drink it down; to savor its flavors; to overwhelm the unwashed masses. This IS whisky.

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