Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
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.
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