Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
What's in a name? Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask whiskey, rather than whisky.
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