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Balvenie 15 Year Old

Unique and tasty Scotch

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@AnonymousReview by @Anonymous

16th Mar 2010


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I'm a big beer connoisseur just getting into Scotch. Some of my beer knowledge helps me analyze this, but some of the flavors are still a little foreign to me.

I taste lemon and black pepper up front. Simple but nice. The complexity comes in the finish. Something nutty and sweet. Reminds me of marzipan. Bottle promises honey and vanilla, which are there, but not as much as I expected. Unique as far as Scotchs I've tried. Easily recommended.

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Silas commented

This was my 3rd Scotch. A couple of years ago I was introduced to the Scotch world with Lagavulin 16. An "explosion" in my mouth up in a cozy Arlington, Va. apartment after a 12 course French Gourmet meal. Magnificent! Then a few months ago, a Glenmorangie 10 Original (on sale for $30 at Winn Dixie) Nice and smooth. At local grocery, bought the Balvenie Single cask bottled in 1990: $62. On first tasting, it was delightfully spicy and left an interesting slightly oaky (in a good way) finish. I finished the bottle in a month! Still ambivalent about buying the next bottle...I know they vary cask to cask) Just bought a Balvenie Doublewood 12 and haven't opened it yet. Eager to see the difference.

11 years ago 0

AboutChoice commented

@Silas, wow what an introduction to scotch (Laga 16)! After that, many folks would run the other way, leaving you in a cloud of dust (or, should I say, smoke). Unlike you, they would never try scotch again :-)

11 years ago 0

Silas commented

AboutChoice, I have to admit that the beautiful girl I was with was very gentle with me and served the Lagavulin with ICE! Being the non-scotch drinker, I didn't know she was being kind. I probably couldn't have handled it "neat" at first, but when she described what it would be like, I was instantly hooked! And, she was a Conniseur of Scotch, I found out. On the other hand, the Balvenie was a bit tame!

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