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Balvenie 15 Year Old

Balvenie 15 Year Old Sherry Single

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@whiskydallasReview by @whiskydallas

4th Aug 2015

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    92

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The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is matured exclusively in a European oak sherry butt for at least 15 years. According to the distillers at Balvenie, “Malt Master David Stewart hand selects each barrel for its flavor of dried fruits, nuts and spice. No more than 650 hand-numbered bottles are drawn from each sherry butt, making every bottling unique and unrepeatable.” Each bottle has a batch and bottle number printed on each label. This was Barrel # 10154 , and Bottle # 87 Neat and aired for 10 minutes in a standard whisky tumbler glass. The first scent on the nose is butterscotch, immediately followed by sweet sherry and maraschino cherry notes, finishing with vanilla spice. At first sip,…. sherry, sherry and more sherry. As you take the next sip, sherry gives way to butterscotch and marzipan on the tongue, and as you allow the spirit to coat the mouth, dried fruits slowly surface. You know the oak is there but is so subtle. Bottled at ABV of 47.8%, truly smooth, syrupy, and just plain delicious. A perfect desert to a great dinner. It retails for 74 GBP in the U.K. about $117US. Certainly not cheap, but then it does not taste like it either. Score 92/100.

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