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Balvenie 15 Year Old

Fruit-cake II: Balvenie's Conquest

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@squidboy007Review by @squidboy007

13th Apr 2013

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I was very excited to try this, being a big fan of the sweet and wonderful Balvenie 12. This one really ups the sweetness level, in a great way.

The nose is so honeyed, rich and sugary that it reminded me of vanilla cake batter. There were more sweet fruits on offer here than in Carmen Miranda's hat. One could really sense the ex-bourbon maturation as well.

But although the nose was sweeter than the Doublewood 12, the palate was a little spicier and longer-lasting. It was VERY noticeably warming as well.

It didn't contain much of the woodiness or syrup flavor found in the Doublewood- it was more of a dessert whisky (similar to the Dalmore 15).

If you need a little sweetness and warmth in your scotch, this one is very special and memorable.

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4 comments

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

Thanks for the review. This is my favorite in the Balvenie range. Your description is dead on. Definately spicier than the 12, with a sweeter nose and a longer finish. Amazing whisky.

6 years ago 0

@squidboy007
squidboy007 commented

Thx teebone, I'm glad we agree! I have yet to try any Balvenies besides this and the doublewood- I'm hoping to try the rum cask next.

6 years ago 0

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

The 14 yr Caribbean Cask is pretty good. I like the 12 and 15 better, but it is a nice expression no doubt. Nice nose, very spicy, shorter finish, but still pleasant. I would definitely check it out. If I remember correctly I was not a big fan of the Caribbean Cask when I first opened the bottle, but it got better the older the bottle got.

6 years ago 0

@squidboy007
squidboy007 commented

Nice, I'll keep that in mind. Thankfully there's a chicago whisky bar that has it on offer, so I'll try it before I buy it.

6 years ago 0

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