Awards for Balvenie 15 Sherry Barrel
Balvenie 15 Sherry Barrel Details
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Whisky or Whiskey
Insider knowledge: Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Balvenie 15 Sherry Barrel Bottling Note
Unveiled in 2014, the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a wonderful sight from Balvenie - single malt Scotch whisky fully matured in Sherry casks. These are released in batches of no larger than 650 bottles from a single cask, each one being hand numbered. Although no two casks are the same, and therefore won't produce an identical single malt, the casks are carefully selected by Balvenie's Malt Master and feature a consistent, rich, spiced character, complimented by hints of elegant oak.
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A strange creature, but tasty
Not from the top shelf
I find it hard to believe that David Stewart picked this cask. The nose is rubbery with a yeasty hint of toffee. It must be a 2nd or 3rd fill sherry cask because it seems the best has already been extracted. The taste is superior to the nose, lots of sweet toffee with tiny hints of sherry cask characteristics. However the mouth feel is fizzy, yeasty, bordering on carbonated. The finish is not long, at first the toffee lingers but that is soon replaced by an old wood feel. Still it's better than your common Irish whiskey.
20th September 2014
First, not sure every cask is the same, however, I opened my first bottle last night and what a tremendous surprise. Dark, thick and sherry galore. All of the sweet notes you would expect from a well done sherried scotch. I am a huge Glendronach drinker and this dram beats out the standard ranges 12 - 21 imho. Buying another bottle before it sells out, an excellent sherry scotch and one of the best I have tasted.
29th August 2014
Somehow from the buttery profiles of the ex-bourbon single barrels I expected something similar but sweeter and maybe with a'bunadhlike characteristiks because it's been casked in oloroso, but nope. On the nose the sherry is light - think white wine - rather than sweet. No plumes or sultanas, rather some yeasty thing now and then, wood and molasses. "Rumlike", said a friend. The taste is more sherrylike than expected. The Balvenie character shows through but not strongly. The wood tastes a bit older than you'd expect from under 20yo whisky but the whole is much more pleasant than the slightly queer nose hints at. I do think this is good but not as good as the ex-bourbon single barrel of the same age.
7th August 2014