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Balvenie Single Barrel 15 year old was part of our Speyside blind tasting with batch number 8590. This dram started quite horribly but managed to get better while resting in my nosing glass.
At first, the nose was horrific, fermented kind of cider. Fortunately the taste was good, which probably made the aromas feel much better for my nose.
However Balvenie Single Barrel 15 yrs managed to be a disappointment in our "whisky society". That's the fun part of blind tasting, nobody quite knew that Balvenie could end up so low in the final score (I'll post the scores later).
In my book, this dram was literally like the movie Bitter Moon. Promising cast and an okay execution but not great.
Nose: Fermented cider and sour apples at first but gets sweeter when added water and well rested in the glass. Honey pops up.
Taste: Watery at first but strong at the end. Mild with toffee or is it just creamy vanilla? Barley and riped fruits. Gets smoother with drops of water.
Finish: Spicy and dry with barley. Bitter.
Balance: Bit of an roller coaster ride from nose to taste but manages to get better. Ad water if it doesn't feel right in a while.